See the winner of Lincoln’s new flag design competition | Local government


“I began the process of designing a bid for the next Lincoln City Flag by reflecting on the emotions I felt when I first came to town,” said Mejia. Lincoln rises from the horizon, beaming with hope and optimism shared by longtime residents and recent refugees.

Other recognizable images in the design include a sunrise, the State Capitol building, and an aerial view of the traditional downtown (the star located at 13th and O streets).

Teal green is a nod to Lincoln’s verdant tapestry of parks, trails, trees, and green spaces – and the home of the Arbor Day Foundation. Deep blue represents the underground aquifer, an abundant and valuable natural resource important to the region. Hot gold represents a bright future and a place where everyone is warmly welcomed.






A competition aims to redesign the existing flag of the city of Lincoln, adopted in 1932.


The ReFlag Lincoln selection committee included Francisco Souto, School of Art, Art History, and Design, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Ed Zimmer, local historian; Alyssa Martin, Nelnet; Al Maxey, artist; Todd Ogden, president of the Downtown Lincoln Association; Suzanne Mealer, from the Ponca tribe of Nebraska; Whitney Hansen, AMA Lincoln; and Mairead Safranek, Lincoln Young Professionals Group. The committee reviewed over 6,000 public comments before making a final selection.

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