Vans Custom Culture
Now in its fifth year, the Vans Custom Culture art competition aims to inspire high school students across the United States to embrace their creativity and draw attention to the importance of art within education...
Up to 2,000 schools can register for the competition and each school entered is given four pairs of Vans to customise: a 106, Sk8-Hi, Slip On and an Authentic. Each customised pair of sneakers must then represent one of four themes set by Vans - including Action Sports, Music, Art and Local Flavour. This year's judges, including legendary skateboarder Steve Caballero and fashion designers Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, then selected five finalist schools who all won an expenses paid trip to New York for the final Vans Custom Culture event - where the winner of the competition would be crowned.
This year's winner was Rio Ranch High School (image shown top) who won a very generous $50,000 donation for their school's art program, with the four runner-up schools each receiving $4,000 for their art programs also.