Voting for Spokane's next flag design is now open

click to enlarge Spokane's current flag is soon getting the boot. - YOUNG KWAK
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Spokane's current flag is soon getting the boot.

Log in to your Spokane Public Library account between now and May 2 to cast a vote for what could become the city of Spokane's next official flag.

A team of local citizens and artists have been leading efforts to refresh the city's flag — a design introduced back in 1975 — for the past two years, forming the Spokane Flag Commission in fall 2019. Four hundred submissions from the public were initially considered and narrowed down to 100 finalists for a public poll in December 2020.

Now, the Commission is asking the public to vote for their four favorites among 12 finalists, designs its members feel "reflect a diversity of styles and inspirations while falling within the guidelines we set out in our opening meetings."
While most of the final designs are by local designers, a few were submitted from artists outside the area. The youngest flag design finalist is 17-year-old Ayden Franklin, a Spokane resident. Artist bios and design statements are all included in the voters' guide.

For a detailed description of each finalists' designs, check out the Flag Commission's voter's guide. You do need an account with Spokane Public Library in order to vote, but it's free to sign up for one and the process can be started online. Once you log in, you'll see a link in the top-center of the screen that reads "Click here to vote for Spokane's next flag!"

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Chey Scott is the Inlander's food and listings editor. She compiles the weekly events calendar for the print and online editions of the Inlander, manages and edits the food section, and also writes about local arts and culture. Chey (pronounced Shay) is a lifelong Spokanite and a graduate of Washington State University...