Enter the Vans Custom Culture Contest to Support Art Education at Your School

Posted by Adriane Fink, Jan 07, 2013 1 comment

Artist Charlavail designed this amazing pair of Vans.

As a Vans Custom Culture national charity partner in 2013, Americans for the Arts is proud to work closely with Vans to reinforce the importance of arts education in schools across the country.

With the launch of the Vans Custom Culture art competition on January 2, budding artists and designers are racing to have their teachers fill registration slots open to the first 1,500 U.S.-based public or private high schools (more than 650 have already entered!).

The program, in its fourth iteration, pushes students to compete and create a work of art from a blank pair of Vans shoes. Each blank shoe must be designed by using the following themes: Art, Music, Action Sports, and Local Flavor.

Students will have until April 5 to complete the shoes and submit their images online. The Custom Culture competition will generate $50,000 for the winning school’s art program at the final judging in New York this summer while simultaneously drawing attention to the importance of art as an integral part of a well-rounded education.

Artists, fashion designers, athletes, and local news anchors are all being tapped to create their own custom shoes as Ambassadors of the program. Eager to provide inspiration wherever possible, Ambassadors are tweeting images (#VansCustomCulture) of their own custom designs. Some of our favorites can be found below and also on the Vans Custom Culture site

Jose Garces, Ecuadorian American chef, restaurant owner, and "Iron Chef."

Tiffani Thiessen, actress from "White Collar", "Beverly Hills 90210", and "Saved by the Bell."

Samantha Lim, editor in chief at FashionIndie.com, Fashion Director at LookBooks Media.

How would your shoes stand out? Tell us in the comments below!

1 responses for Enter the Vans Custom Culture Contest to Support Art Education at Your School


Lucia Trimmer says
September 25, 2014 at 1:35 pm

I am a teacher at Pennsgrove High School, carneys point Nj and was wondering if you were having the vans contest this year. I cannot find any informaion on it. Please let me know my students are very excited to ender. Thanks L. Trimmer

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