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by Colleen Paveglio
Thursday, September 10, 2020

On September 10, 2020, the City of Traverse City is embarking upon an exciting creative
challenge and by seeking designs for its “I voted” stickers. The City Clerk’s Office has launched a new contest, searching for new, unique designs to help get out the vote in the November 2020 election.

The Contest is open to residents, including 9th-12th grade students, in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Antrim, or Kalkaska counties. Artists may provide more than one submission and collaborations are welcome. The winning design will be printed as stickers and digitally distributed to voters on Election Day.

Artists are invited to submit proposals for an “I Voted” sticker design beginning September 10, 2020 through September 28, 2020. Once the application process closes, a panel of judges will review the select three finalists. 

Panel of Judges:

Steve Constantin, City Resident

Gary Howe, Art Selelction Panel Chair, City Resident

Chelsie Neimi, Arts Commission, City Resident

Colleen Paveglio, City Clerk's Office

Anne Stanton, City Resident

A public vote to select a winner of the three finalists will run October 4 - 11, 2020.  The winning artist will receive $500 and be announced at the October 12, 2020 City Commission Meeting “I Voted” stickers are proudly worn by voters to both declare they exercised their voting rights and to encourage others to do the same. “We are thrilled to launching this endeavor to in Traverse City to not only gain interest in voting by supporting the arts, but build civic pride within our community,” says Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk.

The City of Traverse City will also launch a “Future Voter” Sticker Design Contest by seeking entries from K-12 students in the region in 2021. 

Interested artists can go online for the complete contest application, participation criteria and details:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfDsqllyA007gDn320cdrD7MmrvxLHUtsJD0aNa3DL5m-pytw/viewform

Those with further questions can call (231) 922-4480. All contest entries must be received by the Traverse City City Clerk’s office no later than 4 p.m., September 28, 2020.