Spokane Flag Commission to Seek Design Submissions for a new Flag

Joshua Hiler, Commission Chair, Joshua.hiler@outlook.com & Kate Burke, City Council Liaison, kateburke@spokanecity.org

Monday, August 31, 2020 at 12:07 p.m.

Starting Sept. 1, the City of Spokane’s Flag Commission will begin accepting submissions for a design for a new City flag. Designs can be turned in until midnight on Oct. 1.

Designs must follow guidelines adopted by commission, including: being positive and inclusive, having a striking design that looks good when viewed from both sides, and being reflective of Spokane’s diverse community. Attached are the full submission guidelines and information on the voting process that will follow.

“I believe that creating an inclusive and open process for selecting a new design will allow the people of Spokane to choose a flag which they will embrace as a symbol for our city’s identity, history, and diversity,” said Commission Chair Josh Hiler.

Scyla Dowd, a commission member, also echoes this sentiment. “As a young person in Spokane, I see a lack of pride in our community. This process and the selection of a new flag is so exciting and I hope it gets our young people more involved and encourages them to speak out about changes that affect their city.”

Original submissions, limited to (3) per person, can be submitted online at https://my.spokanecity.org/bcc/commissions/flag-commission/submissions/ and via mail to Spokane Flag Commission, City of Spokane, City Hall 7th Floor, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA, 99201. (Please note: website will ask you to log into your MySpokane account if you are not already logged in.) Submitters under the age of 13 will need guardian approval. The winning designer will receive recognition from the City.

More details to follow.

About Spokane Flag Commission: The City of Spokane has had several flag designs throughout the years, and adopted different designs as the official city flag in 1912, 1958, and 1977. Lloyd L. Carlson, who also designed the famous "Mobius strip" symbol for the World's Fair held in Spokane, Expo '74, designed the current city flag. The City of Spokane intends to update its flag to provide a symbol of which all people in Spokane can be proud and which represents the city we love. For more information, visit spokanecity.org and follows us @spokaneflag on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 

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