Vans Custom Culture Contest

Vans sneakers are well known for their iconic designs and style. But even icons need a little inspiration sometimes. The national Vans Custom Culture Contest is a competition for high school art students to customize its shoes. Eastern High School students are among the 25 semifinalists in the 2020 contest. They need your votes, especially with students out due to the quarantine, to become one of four schools that would win $10,000 to $50,000 for their art department. “For us, competing in Vans is about so much more than a contest,” said sophomore Alex Keating. “Our school has been competing since the first competition, and it provides so much school spirit that art became as important as the sports teams. This year, 121 students applied to be on the team, and 20 were selected. If we were to win, it would encourage more students to go into art as a valid career.”

Through Friday, May 15

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Vans Custom Culture Contest

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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