First Night Youngstown holding button design competition

The button series is traditionally intended to celebrate downtown Youngstown’s unique and historic buildings and architecture

First Night Youngstown is holding a Button Design Contest
First Night Youngstown is having a button design contest. Above are winners from the previous years.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – First Night Youngstown is calling for local and regional artists to participate in the annual design competition for admission buttons to its New Year’s Eve events.

The winning artist will be promoted at all press events and will be a celebrity guest at the Downtown Christmas holiday parade and tree-lighting event as well as the opening ceremony on December 31. The winner’s immediate family will also receive free admission to First Night Youngstown’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza.

The button series is traditionally intended to celebrate downtown Youngstown’s unique and historic buildings and architecture. The winning design, to be featured on First Night Youngstown’s 2017 admission button and on all promotional materials, is the fifth in an ongoing series that is donated each year to the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center.

Button designs may be created using any art medium including photography, drawing, painting, collage, mixed or digital media, and then digitally saved as a .jpeg. The design must depict an aspect of Downtown Youngstown in a manner that highlights the spirit of New Year’s Eve. A night scene that includes fireworks or other elements that represent New Year’s Eve is preferred. No champagne glasses or images of drinking alcohol are permitted, as First Night events are family-friendly.

The design must include the phrase First Night Youngstown 2017, and it can be a rectangular shape, horizontal or vertical. The final rectangle reduction size will be 2” x 3”. This year designs can also be put on a 3-inch round button.

Interested artists should call 330-744-9966 to get an entry form, or send an email to The submission deadline for the entry form and the design is August 31, 2016. Mail the form with the artwork on a CD to First Night Youngstown, 25 E. Boardman Street, Suite 405, Youngstown, OH 44503.

Each year, the admission buttons provide entry to all the First Night events on New Year’s Eve in downtown Youngstown. Buttons are sold for $5 to $10 each. Proceeds from the sale of the buttons help to compensate New Year’s Eve performers.

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