This is a community-driven initiative to create a flag to represent our city. Our process includes public discussions, a call for design submissions, public voting, and selection of a final flag design by a panel of community members. All Newton residents are encouraged to participate in this process.
Three community meetings were held in June to solicit input about the symbols that represent Newton and what a city flag might look like.
- Mary Lee McDonald, director at Carriage Factory Art Gallery
- Rachel Epp Buller, art professor at Bethel College
- Rodger Nugent, artist, Newton Murals & Arts Project
- Elizabeth Hingst, graphic designer
- Libby Albers, community member
- Dan Heinze Jr., community member
- Melody Spurney, Convention & Visitors Bureau
June – Public input
Three community meetings will be held to educate the public about the project and generate ideas and input about possible design elements.
July – Contest opens
All information and feedback from community meetings will be released to the public. Entry forms and instructions will be posted online and made available for any member of the public to submit a design.
August – Judging
The public will be invited to vote for their favorite entries to narrow the pool down to a group of finalists. A selection committee of local artists and community members will be appointed to judge the entries and select the final winning design. The winner will receive a cash prize.
The winning design will be unveiled at a public event in late summer. The City Commission will then be asked at its next meeting to adopt the design as the City’s official flag. The design will be in the public domain and made available for all to use.
- Contest entry is free.
- You may submit your flag design entry in digital (PDF, PNG or JPEG) format or hard copy format. Submit digital entries by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop off paper entries at City Hall or Newton Public Library, or mail to City of Newton, Attn: Flag Contest, PO Box 426, Newton KS 67114
- Your design entry must be your original work and must not include, be based on, or derived from any third-party designs, trademarks or copyrighted images.
- Each entry may only contain one design. You may submit up to three different design entries.
- You must complete and submit the Entry Form with each entry.
- Your entry must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31 to be eligible for consideration. The Newton Flag Project is not responsible for entries that are lost, overlooked, damaged or not received by the contest deadline.
- Keep it simple – The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.
- Use meaningful symbolism – The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to or tell a compelling story about the community.
- Use 2-3 basic colors.
- No lettering or seals – Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.
- Be distinctive or be related – Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.
- Be timeless – Avoid using features that will become dated or obsolete.
- Consider real-world structure – Images should be legible on both front and back of the flag, and legible while flying or hanging.
Follow along with the process and learn more at facebook.com/NewtonKSFlag.