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Artists in the Downbeach area and across the state have until Nov. 25 to submit artwork for the Revolution NJ logo contest, commemorating the 250th anniversary of the United States.

The New Jersey Historical Commission is partnering with Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area to establish a program to celebrate the nation’s Semiquincentennial in 2026. New Jersey played an important role in the American Revolution with nearly 300 battles and skirmishes across the state, earning it the nickname, “Crossroads of the American Revolution.”

The working tagline for the 250th anniversary celebration is “Revolution NJ. Engage the Past. Shape the Future.”

The winning logo will be used on print materials and digital platforms promoting the historical initiative, according to a release. The logo design should be functional in color, black and white and greyscale.

Preference will be given to logos that include references to: New Jersey, 250th anniversary of the United States, Semiquincentennial or 1776-2026. Submissions should incorporate New Jersey’s official colors – blue and buff (see state flag) – and evoke history.

Submissions are due by Nov. 25, and will be reviewed by a panel of judges that include a graphic artist, marketing professional and representatives of the NJHC and Crossroads of the American Revolution organizations. The winning artist will be notified by Dec. 20.

The designer of the winning logo will receive a $1,000 prize and $500 to work with the NJHC and Crossroads for six months after the award. The prize will be presented to the artist during Patriot’s Week, Saturday, Dec. 28.

Individuals eligible to submit a logo must be a New Jersey resident or a matriculated student in a New Jersey educational institution. Amateurs and professional visual and graphic artists are welcome, but no design or marketing firm submissions will be accepted.

Designs will be submitted electronically in color, black and white and greyscale, along with a 150-word statement describing the design rationale and a 150-word biography of the artist.

For more detailed information, or to submit a design, see http://revolutionarynj.org/