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In the spring of 2017, The Columbia Design League, in partnership with One Columbia for Arts and History, collected ideas and designs from the public for a new city flag. Nearly 550 designs were submitted and, in the fall of 2017, the winning submission will be awarded a $2,000.00 prize, made possible by the Columbia Design League and Columbia Flag and Sign Company.
The 547 submissions were reviewed by the members of the North American Vexillological Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of vexillology (the scientific and scholarly study of flag history and symbolism).The group reviewed each of the more than 540 entries submitted for the public initiative and recommended a group of finalists based on how well they represented the City of Columbia and followed the principles of good flag design.
The public is invited to review and rate the designs from now until Monday, June 10. To review the finalists, please visit the public commenting site at http://colaflag.org. The website presents the following information for each of the designs:
The current flag, created in 1912, is rarely displayed in non-governmental locations. With a government seal and outdated imagery, it doesn’t represent our city’s residents nor does it follow the principles of good flag design.
As a public art initiative, design entries become part of the public domain. No organization will profit from the flag design and the elements of the design will be available to the public to use and repurpose.