Vans is sounding the call for hundreds of high schools across the country to take part in the 4th edition of Vans Custom Culture, a nationwide art contest. Schools can now register at vans.com/customculture for the chance to compete for a $50,000 award to their art program and the opportunity to travel to New York City to exhibit their art-adorned Vans shoes at the final art showcase.
Vans Custom Culture inspires creativity among students through art and design while at the same time aiming to shed light on diminishing school art budgets. Since its 2010 inception, Vans Custom Culture has reached tens of thousands of students, at thousands of participating schools and awarded more than $175,000 to support high school art programs. In 2013, Vans sets the bar even higher with a goal that more than 1,000 schools nationally join in.
"In a time when schools are faced with shrinking budgets, art education is an often overlooked discipline," said Doug Palladini, Vans Vice President of Marketing. "Supporting creative expression through art and design is very important to all of us at Vans and the Custom Culture program should inspire young art students and draw attention to the importance of high school art programs nationwide."
In 2013, Vans will donate $50,000 to the school that wins the Custom Culture contest and launch a new partnership with Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Through this partnership, Americans for the Arts and Vans will distribute $2,000 grants to an additional ten schools across the nation, and Vans will make a $50,000 donation to Americans for the Arts to support their work to create opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additionally, returning national retail partner Journeys will award a $10,000 'Local Attitude' award presented to the school that creates the most compelling 'local flavor' design.
"Journeys couldn't be more excited to partner with Vans Custom Culture for a second year," said Kari Irons, Journeys Vice President of Marketing. "Arts education is a vital part of a student's school experience and ensuring that young artists have the funding they need to pursue their creative passions is something Journeys feels very strongly about."
To further encourage students to register, Vans Custom Culture is pleased to announce that actress Emma Roberts (Valentine's Day, It's Kind of a Funny Story and the much anticipatedWe're the Millers and Empire State), will serve as the face of the program as the Vans Custom Culture Celebrity Ambassador. "As a huge Vans fan I am so excited to work with Vans Custom Culture on this great initiative," said Roberts. "Not only does it help to inspire high school students across the U.S. to embrace their creativity, but it also raises awareness for the importance of art in high schools all over the country."