WASHINGTON (AP) _ The White House Millennium Council and the National Endowment for the Arts are launching a contest in the search for a logo for the millennium.

Offering suggestions, the council said Tuesday the winning design should reflect such themes as the rekindling of democracy, renewing a commitment to citizenship and unleashing ``the full creativity and intellectual potential of the American people as we chart our common future.''

``The logo may be used for the White House celebration and should allow for specific language and design to be added to the base package to specifically commemorate this anniversary,'' the council said.

The contest is open to all American citizens and U.S. residents, including professional designers.

A panel of professional designers will choose the final design. Its creator will receive a professional fee.

Entry specifications can be obtained at the National Endowment's Internet site: http://arts.endow.gov or by calling 1-202-682-5013.

Entries must addressed to National Endowment for the Arts, Room 523, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W, Washington, D.C., 20506-0001. They must be postmarked by Jan. 15, 1998.