Thursday, May 18, 2017

Americans for the Arts, a partner of the Vans Custom Culture program, is proud to announce the finalist high schools selected for the eighth Vans Custom Culture competition. The annual contest challenges students to create unique designs of the shoe company's sneakers. 

The finalist schools, selected from 50 semi-finalists eligible for public vote out of 3,000 participating high schools, are:

  • Ridley High School—Folsom, Pennsylvania
  • Will C Woods High School—Vacaville, California
  • Parker High School—Parker, South Dakota
  • Fontainbleau High School—Mandeville, Louisana
  • Friendswood High School—Friendswood, Texas

Finalists will travel to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid trip, where their designs will be evaluated by a panel of guest judges, and a grand prize of $50,000 towards the school's art program will be announced. 

Additionally, a sixth school, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School of Richmond, Virginia, has been chosen as the winner of the first Technology in Design Award. The school's design for a custom textile print, separate from the main shoe competition, is available for people to integrate into their own Vans Customs shoe design. Maggie L. Walker Governor's School also will receive a $5,000 prize for its art department in recognition of this award.

The final ceremony will be streamed live on June 7 at Facebook.com/VansCustomCulture.