GALLERY: City of Walla Walla wants residents to vote for next flag

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — After receiving community submissions in the spring of 2020, the City of Walla Walla is putting the decision of its next flag in the hands of its residents.

According to a press release issued by Walla Walla city officials, this campaign was set to take place in 2020 before the pandemic put a dent in their plans. Voting will run through June 28, 2021. To cast your vote, you’ll want to visit the city government’s website by clicking here. You will be asked to rank your three favorite designs amongst some other ancillary information.

The city asked residents to submit their designs for the next flag, but the project was put on hold in April 2020. Later in the year, it was revived by staff from the Walla Walla Public Library. They conducted the second phase of the project, which focused on a design contest for young artists from the region.

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Designs from both phases of the contest were given to the city Art’s Commission, who narrowed it down to six finalists. Those artists’ designs are the six flag options that citizens will be choosing from in this competition.

On the website, you’ll be able to find descriptions from each of the artists explaining their thought processes behind the design. We’ve included those in the caption of each image in the gallery above.

The top three choices as selected by residents of the area will be passed along to the city arts commission. They will make the final decision as to which flag will represent the City of Walla Walla for years to come. They reserve the right to keep the design of the current Walla Walla city flag as well.

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