Artists who live or work in Lowell are being invited to submit their original design ideas for consideration in Lowell’s Bag Design Contest. The program will generate a new look for the city’s popular nylon bags, which are distributed throughout the region; one side will feature the original design, the other will show the city’s tagline of “Lowell: Alive. Unique. Inspiring.” All designs submitted should include the artist’s name within the artwork. Deadline for entry is Dec. 7 at 5 p.m.; a winner will be announced in January, with the winning artist receiving a $1,000 prize. For more submission details, e-mail Susan Halter at  or call 978-674-1480.

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