In celebration of Reno’s 150th birthday in 2018, the Reno Arts and Culture Commission is seeking designs for an official municipal flag for the City of Reno.

The Reno Flag Project, based on community involvement, aims to educate the public about flag design and Reno history and will ultimately produce a meaningful symbol of civic pride. The second Flag Workshop will be held at The Holland Project on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from noon to 3 p.m.

“I’m inspired by the Arts and Culture Commission taking on this project in connection with our Reno 150 celebration,” said Reno City Councilmember Naomi Duerr, also the Council Liaison to the Reno Arts and Culture Commission. “This is truly exciting, and I can’t wait to see what innovative ideas the community comes up with.”

“Reno has really changed in the last 20 years. It has grown both geographically and culturally, creativity and the arts are flourishing and our diverse community continues to develop and evolve,” said Reno City Councilmember David Bobzien, who spearheaded Reno 150. “It’s time for a new look that reflects the new Reno. We encourage anyone in the community to get involved and submit a design for a new flag that reflects The Biggest Little City we call home.”

The free hands-on workshop on February 10 will allow participants to experiment with design and even have the opportunity to turn their designs into a sewn fabric flag. Event organizers will provide fabric, machines and all the tools. Any designs wishing to enter the Reno Flag Project can be created at the workshop and submitted. Attendees must RSVP here, or at workshops@hollandreno.org.

The Reno Flag Project is open to all. For information on guidelines and design criteria put forth by the Arts and Culture Commission and to submit your design, visit Reno.gov. Entries are due by midnight on Friday, March 2, 2018.

The Reno City Council may or may not officially adopt a flag from the entries. Council is expected to adopt a new flag by April 2018. The current community flag, created in 1959, is unofficial and was never adopted by the City of Reno.

The Reno Flag Project soft launched in November 2017 with workshops at The Holland Project. The first official workshop was held on November 18, 2017 with a discussion on flag culture, context and history. Participants were able to prototype and design their own Reno flags. The workshop was be led by vexillologist James Ferrigan, designer Peter Laxalt and City of Reno Public Art Program Coordinator Megan Berner.

Citizens who have questions or need assistance can contact Berner at 775-326-6333 or bernerm@reno.gov.

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