by David Mendez
Tucson Magnet High School's art programs are in line for a $50,000 prize — but they'll need your help to get there.
Tucson High students are participants in the Vans Custom Culture contest, which sends out four pairs of shoes to various high schools around the country. There, arts students create custom designs for said shoes in any way they see fit, and are then pitted against the best designs from their region.
TMHS happens to be part of the Southwest region, competing against schools from the Phoenix area, Hawai'i, Colorado and Texas (the state of California is its own separate region, apparently).
Custom Culture is a national high school shoe customization contest where schools from all over the United States compete for a chance to win money for their art programs. Registered schools will receive four pairs of blank Vans sneakers to be customized in four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor.
The Top Five finalists will be flown to New York City for an exclusive final event where the winner will be selected. The grand prize winning school will receive a $50,000 prize for their art program and the chance for their shoes to be produced and sold in Vans' retail stores. The four runner up schools will also receive money for their art programs.
Now, all of the shoes in TMHS's entry are pretty great in their own right, but I would buy a pair of those wood-grain Vans right now. Those things are spectacular, and I'd love to have them on my feet.
To see the other participants, and vote for Tucson High's entry, head to Vans Custom Culture. Voting ends May 13, so get cracking.