Press Release From Downtown Joplin:
The Joplin Flag Initiative will close the design submission portion of the process at 11:59pm on Thursday September 8th. Judging will commence at 10am on Saturday morning. The five judges will narrow the field to five final designs. The finalists will be announced on September 15th at Third Thursday.
Judges were chosen based on their background, design expertise and love for Joplin. They are:
Christina Williams is a freelance graphic designer and marketing consultant. Her design career spans 20 years and includes a range of design experience including product, architectural, interior, and graphic design. Her work has earned multiple awards and benefited several regional non-profit organizations and initiatives. Christina resides in Joplin with her husband and two young children.
Amanda Almich After graduating from William Woods University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art, Amanda returned to Thomas Jefferson Independant Day School where she has been teaching Middle and Upper school art for the past five years. Watching the creative process develop in students as they discover who they are as, not only artists, but also as members of the community, continually inspires and challenges Amanda in her own artistic pursuits and community involvement.
Melodee Colbert Kean is a Joplin native, business owner, City Council Member, former Mayor, and current President of the National League of Cities. Ms. Colbert Kean is a strong advocate and outspoken cheerleader for Joplin.
Jeff Neal is the principal and founder of Neal Design Group. He is responsible for the restoration of several historic downtown Joplin properties including the Gryphon Building, Columbia Traders, 824 South Main, Empire Block Masonry, Hackett’s Hot Wings expansion, and several others including his current project located at 2nd & Wall which includes the addition of rooftop solar.
Burt Butcher is an Associate Professor at Missouri Southern State University. Earned his MFA (Printmaking) at the University of Cincinnati and BFA (Printmaking) at Eastern Kentucky University. He teaches Printmaking and Art Foundation (2-D Design and Basic Drawing).
Mr. Butcher’s advising Expertise includes Printmaking (2-D Art). His international art experience includes summer in Sweden 2006, 2010 Trip Leader Denmark, France, Norway, Spain and Sweden, Group Exhibition Tokyo, Japan
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7/22/2016: A group of Joplin citizens has started an initiative towards designing a new city flag. The group plans on taking artwork submissions from the public, then narrowing-down the choices to five finalists by a panel of judges. The group will then hold a public vote on the five finalist designs.
Members of the group feel the current city flag doesn't properly represent the full identity of Joplin.
"We don't want to be the 'tornado city' anymore," says Callie Hudson with the Downtown Joplin organization. "We want something that more exemplifies who we are today. And through a new flag, we feel like that could really be the foundation on which to build a new identity."
"We feel like that grassroots (approach) and involving the entire community is super important. We want this to be the peoples' flag. We want this to be something that people feel like they own, that they've contributed to and they can really get excited about and fly on their own home," says Hudson.
Flag design submissions will be accepted from July 29th through September 8th through the group's website.
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