City of Manhattan looking for new city flag

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The City of Manhattan is looking for the community’s help to design a new city flag. The city is sponsoring a flag design contest, in the hopes of finding a new symbol for the Little Apple to rally behind.

“Nobody really realizes that we have a flag,” said city spokesperson Vivienne Uccello. “There are other cities like Wichita and Chicago that have these great symbols that their citizens can rally behind and we started thinking wouldn’t it be great if we could have something like that.”

Design entries are due by March 29 and each person can submit up to three designs. The design should have standard flag proportions and include original work. Click here for more submission guidelines.

The flag design entry will be judged based upon the North American Vexillological Association’s (NAVA) Five Basic Principles of Flag Design:

  1. Keep it Simple: The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.
  2. Use Meaningful Symbols to the City of Manhattan: The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
  3. Use 2-3 Basic Colors: Limit the number of colors on the flag to three, which contrast well and come from the standard color set (red, blue, green, black, yellow, and white)
  4. No Lettering or Seals: Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.
  5. Be Distinctive or Be Related to the City of Manhattan: Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.

Overall, Uccello says the city is looking for something that city leaders and the community would be proud to see fly above city hall.

“We want to give people a sense of place and a sense of, you know, rallying behind a symbol of their community because people in Manhattan have a lot of love for this community,” said Uccello.

Click here to submit your entry online. Click here to print off a submission form. Design submissions can be sent to mailed or delivered to: City of Manhattan, Attn: Flag Contest, 1101 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502

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