NHIA Sponsors Manchester Flag Contest

NHIA Press Room on 02.21.17

Manchester Flag Contest Announced

New Hampshire Institute of Art Sponsors Contest with Three Other Manchester Institutions

The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) announced today that they have joined with three other Manchester-based organizations to sponsor a contest for the design of a new flag for the City of Manchester, New Hampshire. Information about the contest and how to submit a flag design can be found on the contest’s website at www.mhtflag.com

Joining NHIA in sponsoring this citywide contest are the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Manchester Historic Association, and the Manchester Arts Commission.

The Manchester Flag contest is open to all. Designs can be submitted via the contest’s website at www.mhtflag.com between now and the submission deadline of May 15, 2017 at 5 pm. 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.

“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.”

“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.”

About the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) is the largest chamber in New Hampshire, representing nearly 1,000 businesses. Incorporated in 1911, the GMCC focuses its efforts in the ten communities of Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Derry, Goffstown, Hooksett, Litchfield, Londonderry, Manchester and Merrimack. The GMCC is an independent, not-for-profit business organization whose initiatives are funded solely by the membership through annual dues and benefit fees. The Chamber is not a government agency, nor affiliated with other groups or organizations. To learn more, visit www.manchester-chamber.org.

About the Manchester Historic Association

Founded in 1896, the Manchester Historic Association is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization with the mission to collect, preserve and share the history of Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. The Association operates the Millyard Museum and the Research Center, both of which are open to the public. The Association presents a variety of public programs including lectures, walking tours and concerts, and school programs for students from third grade through college. Call (603) 622-7531 for more information, or visit www.manchesterhistoric.org.

About the Manchester Arts Commission

Created in 1937, the Manchester Arts Commission (MAC) is dedicated to promoting art of all forms within the City of Manchester, NH. Working closely with the Economic Development Office, the Planning Board and Intown Manchester, MAC ensures that public art works may possess beauty in the highest practicable degree.  MAC operates solely through tax deductible contributions from like-minded companies, organizations, educational institutions and individuals via the Manchester Arts Fund.  Through the fund, MAC commissions public sculpture and public art displays to elevate appreciation of Manchester’s growing arts community - while directly adding to the economic impact of arts and culture within downtown Manchester.  To learn more about the programs that MAC offers, visit www.manchesterartscomission.org.