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Calling local artists: Help us design a holiday 'B'

November 27, 2017

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Hey, Boston! It’s time to show off your civic pride.

The City of Boston Digital Team, in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, wants to celebrate our logo, the Boston .

For many major holidays, the City sends out a graphic or message on our social channels depicting a custom , similar to the ones below. 

With hundreds of holidays, our designers aren’t able to create custom artwork for every single one. That’s where the artists of Boston come in.

We’re asking local artists, students, and residents to choose a holiday and create an idea for a custom . You're only limited by your imagination. Please send us a written proposal (about one paragraph long) or sketch to explain how you would represent the  for the holiday you pick.

Members of the Digital Team and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will review each proposal. We'll select projects based on the best creative expression of the represented holiday. We will then ask the artists we pick to create their artwork.

We plan to select up to 25 proposals, with each representing a different holiday.

Share your ideas

The extended deadline for Boston "B" logo proposals is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018.

Submit a design

Contest rules

  • You must be an artist currently living in the City of Boston.
  • You can send as many submissions as you like. You can only have one submission per holiday.
  • The deadline for proposals is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018.
  • All proposals and submissions must be digital and uploaded to Submittable.
  • You must use the  graphic found here.
  • Other than the graphics, logos, and marks we provide you, all other content must be original.
  • No offensive imagery. Including offensive material will automatically disqualify the work submitted by an artist.

Applying for the contest

  • You own all of your work, no matter what. By proposing and submitting, you grant the City of Boston the right to display the work on our print and digital channels indefinitely.
  • The City will be offering a stipend of $50 in addition to giving credit to artists for designs that are chosen.
  • We will only be selecting one design for each holiday.
  • There is no guarantee that by submitting a proposal your artwork will be shown by the City. We reserve the right to use chosen artwork across our media channels.
  • If you see a holiday or significant event we missed, please let us know and feel free to submit for it.
  • We accept proposals and artwork based on originality and execution of the spirit of the holiday selected. Here are some examples of s we’ve released in the past.
  • We’re open to artists using any type of medium that can be digitized and used for social media (we can help you with this).

Submit a design