The themes for designs on the two pairs of Van’s shoes submitted by Los Alamos High School for the 2021 Van’s Custom Culture Competition are “Hometown Pride” and “Head in the Clouds”. Courtesy photo
BY MAIRE O’NEILL
It will take you three minutes to vote today and another three minutes to vote tomorrow for the Los Alamos High School Vans Marketing & Design Club entry in the 2021 Vans Custom Culture Competition.
One big reason to take the time to vote is that the club’s work has made it into the national final 50 entries and stands to win $50,000 for the LAHS art program.
Collaborating ideas with sophomore Sophia Buckman and seniors Amelia Duffy and Kaisa Drew, seniors Kara Moss, Jillian Puckett and Kari Mason designed and painted this year’s Van’s Custom Culture Shoes.
“I am really impressed with the students cooperative spirit and incredible work ethic,” said LAHS visual arts instructor and club sponsor Mary Grace. “Their boundless creativity is a given, but their commitment to their message really paid off as they made it into the national final 50 entries,”
The Artists’ Statement for the project is: “Our past is a part of who we are. Our present is what we have learned, and our futures are the discoveries, both here and beyond.”
The themes for the two pairs of shoes are “Hometown Pride” and “Head in the Clouds”.
Registration for the Van’s project began in January and digital submissions were due by February 19. In March, two pairs of the shoes were sent to LAHS and the physical shoe image had to be submitted by April 16. At that point the top 50 designs in the country were selected and now it’s time to select the top five with $50,000 going to the school art program with the most votes and $15,000 to the four runners-up.
Vans High School Custom Culture is a national competition created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design while bringing attention to arts education.
To vote – go today and tomorrow to : customculture.vans.com