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'Welcome to Nevada' sign contest launched

Posted at 2:08 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 17:08:45-05

Nevada’s welcome signs are about to get a complete refresh thanks to a Welcome to Nevada Design Contest.  

The contest challenges Nevada’s high school artists to create official Welcome to Nevada signs that depict the Nevada brand and create a friendly welcome for travelers.
The Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, under the direction of Gov. Brian Sandoval and in partnership with the Department of Education and the Department of Transportation, is administering the contest between March 1 through April 25.
The contest will be conducted within Nevada’s high schools and is primarily aimed at students enrolled in the Career and Technical Education Level 2 or higher graphic arts courses, although each school may determine eligibility.
Approximately 50 entry points exist on Nevada’s major interstate freeways, state highways and small roadways bringing people into the state.  Because of the natural and cultural diversity of the state, the entry points will be divided into four regions.  

Designers are asked to convey the most important resources of the selected region while conveying in their designs the overarching brand, Nevada: A World Within. A State Apart. Entrants will be provided a toolkit with specific components that need to be included.
Each participating school will select up to five finalist designs that will be submitted to a review committee.  Three finalists from each region will be selected at which point the public will be able to choose the winning design via an online voting tool.
Once the winning design is selected for each region, the student designer and his or her instructor will work with the Department of Transportation to finalize the design and produce the sign. The winning designs will be installed on Nevada’s roadways beginning in the summer of 2016.
For more information and contest rules, please visit http://travelnevada.com/pages/2016-sign-contest.