Is Montana’s State Flag Going to Get a Makeover?
Times change. Fads come and go. Things become outdated. It's just the way the world works. I could easily be talking about fashion trends or hairstyles - but in this case I'm referring to the Montana state flag. A recent vote by members of the House State Administration Committee has brought the flag's design, and possible redesign, to the center of attention.
By a 15-4 vote it was decided that a study of the current state of the flag would be conducted. And if you read the opinions of some of those voters - it sounds like there are some pretty strong thoughts in favor of a major makeover. Some of the knocks on the current design are that it's basic, it's too similar to the flags of other states, it's outdated, and it doesn't do a good job of representing the people of Montana.
It was also pointed out that MONTANA can only be read from one side of the flag - while it appears to say ANATNOM if you view the flag from the other side.
A professor of art history and criticism at the University of Montana and head of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture, Hipolito Rafael Chacon offered up the following thoughts on the possibility of changing the flag's design: “A new Montana state flag is an opportunity not just for rebranding but also for engaging our citizenry in a design process that more accurately reflects who we are and how we represent ourselves as a people."
It sounds like they'll dive a little deeper into the possibility of updating the state flag - but it's all in the very beginning stages right now. What do you think? Could Montana's flag use a makeover?
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