Mayor Dolan, the Melrose Human Rights Commission, Melrose Organizes for Real Equality (MORE), the Melrose High School Visual Arts Department, and Melrose Arts are pleased to announce a contest for a new “Melrose: One Community Open to All” logo to be used to express unity, support and pride in our shared community. The new logo, along with the original slogan, will be used on stickers, bumper stickers, magnets and window decals, which will be made available to Melrose residents and local businesses.
The details of the competition are as follows:
- The artwork may have a maximum of two colors, be on a white background, and must fit into a 5″ x 5″ square;
- The contest is open to all Melrose residents of all ages;
- Submissions should be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or can be dropped at the Mayor’s office;
- All submissions are due by July 30;
- All entries will be reviewed and judged by a three-person committee;
- The judges will announce their decision in August;
- All entries will be displayed in City Hall;
- The first stickers will be available at the Victorian Fair on September 10.
The original blue and white “Melrose: One Community Open to All” bumper sticker was produced by Melrose resident David Simko, who was a community member of the Human Rights Commission’s Education and Community Outreach Committee. The Human Rights Commission was formed in 1992 in response to an earlier hate incident, and hate crimes went up in the summer of 1993. At that time, numerous members of the community spoke out to counter this image of Melrose, and the Commission sponsored a human rights declaration signed by over 1,000 Melrosians, public service announcements on local TV, and several public events to promote equality and harmony.
This is a perfect time to revitalize this initiative and refresh the logo, sending the message that now, more than ever, Melrose is a welcoming community.