MHT pride: Manchester city flag design contest deadline May 15

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The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Sponsors Contest with Three Other Manchester Institutions.

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MANCHESTER, NH – The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) announced today that they have joined with three other Manchester-based organizations to sponsor a contest for the design of a new official flag for the City of Manchester. Information about the contest and how to submit a flag design can be found on the contest’s website at

Joining the GMCC in sponsoring this citywide contest are the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA), the Manchester Historic Association, and the Manchester Arts Commission.

Screen Shot 2017 02 20 at 11.15.16 AMThe Manchester flag contest is open to all.

Designs can be submitted via the contest’s website at between now and the submission deadline of May 15, 2017 at 5 p.m. An independent panel of seven judges consisting of representatives from the city government, city schools, and the four sponsoring institutions will select three design finalists. City of Manchester residents will then select the winning flag via a non-binding referendum on the November election ballot.

“A new design for the Manchester city flag is a fantastic opportunity to encourage civic engagement while also positively marketing and branding our community,” said Michael Skelton, President and CEO of the GMCC. “The city flag also serves as a tool that shares a story about history and future of Manchester to those throughout the state of New Hampshire and beyond.”

“We’re proud to join with three other civic-minded institutions who, like us, recognize the value that a well-designed city flag can play in galvanizing support and fostering pride in a city,” said NHIA President Kent Devereaux. “For 119 years, the New Hampshire Institute of Art has been located at the center of Manchester, and today, as a college of art and design, we clearly understand the value of good design.”

Q: Is our fate sealed with the old flag?

Screen Shot 2017 02 20 at 11.24.24 AM e1487607948914A: The City of Manchester does not have an “official” flag? The current City of Manchester flag is actually just our city seal on a white background. A true city flag should be much more than that. Designing a flag for Manchester is a great opportunity to represent our city with meaningful imagery that reflects our history and our future.

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Above: Gallery of popular city flags from around the world. Hover for flag info.

When designing your submission, keep in mind some of the most iconic and striking flag designs in the world are the simplest, using stripes, stars, and other basic elements to represent and unify large groups of individuals.  A successful flag not only showcases the best of a political entity, but also does so in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Q: Why bother with a flag?

The adoption of a new flag could do the following in a cost-effective manner:

  • Help to better define the city’s image, using powerful symbolism depicting Manchester’s rich history and promising future
  • Encourage increased economic activity by using the new design on promotional materials for business (brochures, websites) and tourism (stickers, t-shirts, etc.)
  • Encourage community involvement by inviting residents to submit their best design.
  • Attract positive media attention statewide, and possibly beyond
  • Better adhere to the “5 basic rules for good flag design” as put forth
    by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA)
  • Unify all residents under an iconic flag that will become a source of Manchester pride

Entries will be narrowed down to three finalist by the judges listed below. The final three submissions will appear on the ballot at the November Election. A final selection will be voted on by the residents of the City of Manchester.

  • Designee   |   Teacher (Manchester School District)
  • Designee   |   The Board of Mayor and Aldermen
  • John Clayton   |   Manchester Historic Association
  • Daniel Bérubé   |   Manchester Arts Commission
  • Karen Mayeu   |   New Hampshire Institute of Art
  • Designee   |   Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
  • Designee   |   High School Student (Manchester School District) 

Committee Members (Nonvoting)

  • Adam Hlasny   |   Manchester Resident
  • Kent Devereaux   |   New Hampshire Institute of Art
  • Lauren Getts    |   Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
  • Pat Long  |   City of Manchester Alderman, Ward 3
  • David Ryan   |   Manchester School District

Please note: The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will review and confirm the final selection made by the judges.


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Carol Robidoux

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Longtime NH journalist and publisher of Loves R&B, German beer, and the Queen City!