Community Members Invited to Submit Logo Ideas, Sketches for Somerville’s 175th Birthday Celebrations

Photo by William Tauro 

Year-long series of events scheduled in 2017 in honor of City’s birthday. Logo will appear on all City banners, memorabilia, for celebration.


SOMERVILLE – Did you know?: in 2017, the City of Somerville is celebrating its 175th birthday, 175 years since we separated from Charlestown, and we’re celebrating all year long. The events will kick off in January 2017, at the City’s Mid-Term Address and Ceremonies, where we will unveil the official 175th birthday banner and logo. This is where you come in! We are seeking logo ideas and sketches to be considered for the 175th celebrations. Winning logo(s) will be featured on all banners, signage, and memorabilia for the year, and will receive a $200 honorarium. Any member of the public is welcome to apply, though preference will be given to Somerville residents. Sketches and drawings are welcome.


All skill levels are encouraged to participate. If you have a great idea, but are not an artist, we’ll use your design for inspiration and make the final design in-house. If you are an artist who is willing to donate your time to this community-wide celebration, we’re happy to accept a complete vector drawing that we can send right to the printer and will thank you heartily as well for volunteering to create a logo for our humble honorarium.



How to Apply

Visit, and fill out the application form, including:


· Contact information: name, email, and phone number

· Your connection to Somerville

· Description of your proposed logo (why you chose the design, colors, images, etc.)

· Attach your proposed logo (.jpeg format)

· Submit by the end of business on Monday, November 21

Stay tuned to for event updates and information! In the meantime, we invite you to visit the site and share a Somerville photo, memory, or story from your Somerville past, or idea for our upcoming celebrations.



Need More Info?


All rights for use of the winning design in promotional material must be given to the City.

Questions? Email


The City of Somerville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities free of charge, upon request.
If you need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access this program, please contact the ADA Coordinator no later than seven (7) business days before the scheduled at:


Betsy M. Allen          

167 Holland Street, Room 207

Somerville, MA 02144 

(617) 625-6600, Ext. 2323 (Voice)  

(617) 808-4851 (TTY)


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