A little more than two years ago, the Yakima Arts Commission was established by the Yakima City Council to expand public art in the community while also improving access to the visual and performing arts for residents and visitors alike. Now, the commission is itself looking for some visual art to help it achieve its mission.

Earlier this month, the commission launched a contest to find a logo that will help enhance the visibility and increase the promotion of art in Yakima.

The logo design contest is open to all high school students in the Yakima and West Valley school districts as well as those currently attending Yakima Valley Community College and Perry Technical Institute.

“We plan on using the winning logo design on signs, banners, announcements, stationary, and so on,” said Andrew Granitto, exhibitions curator at the Yakima Valley Museum and a member of the Arts Commission.  “The logo will serve as a signature image for the commission.”

All logo design contest entries need to be submitted by Friday, March 30th at

5:00 pm.  The entries have to be submitted through the official logo design contest website at http://www.ci.yakima.wa.us/council/board/yac/contest/.  File size is limited to 15mb per submission.  Designs need to be submitted either as a vector file or as a pdf.

The guidelines for Yakima Arts Commission logo design contest submissions include:

- Designs may include variations of the same logo

- Logo designs need to include the name “Yakima Arts Commission”

- Designs must be submitted in both color and black and white (gray scale optional)

- Designs must work well in both large size and small size

- A design must be the original work of the student submitting it

The winning design will be unveiled during a Yakima City Council meeting this summer.  The winning designer will receive a proclamation from the City Council, tickets to events sponsored by each of the commission’s represented agencies (Allied Arts, Larson Gallery, the Capitol Theatre, The Seasons, Yakima Valley Museum, Yakima Symphony), and will be identified in various media releases announcing the winning logo design.

“We’re excited to be able to give young, local graphic artists an opportunity to demonstrate their talent through the logo design contest,” said Granitto.  “It’s another step in the commission’s efforts to foster art and artists in Yakima.”