Eastern High school competes in the 2012 Vans Custom Culture contest

Seeing as though a number of kids currently going to shows (as well as many alumni) have come from Eastern High School here in Jefferson Co., I thought it’d be a good thing to share that again this year, Eastern’s art students are competing in the 2012 Vans Custom Culture competition. The competition, as you can read below, gives students a pair of vans and lets them draw/paint/whatever on them to personalize them. It may seem a bit ‘Anarchy for sale’ to some people, but the winning school gets $50,000 for their art program!! That’s a pretty awesome prize for many schools, including Eastern, who have had their budgets cut to nothing in the past decade. Unless you’re a total prick, you should be able to get behind that. Eastern is the only Kentucky school to make it to the final 50 out of over 1,000 schools, according to art teacher Mrs. Hamilton-Cooper. You can view the submissions below, and read an article on the project that Mrs. Hamilton-Cooper sent along for more info.

Vans Custom Culture Voting

Here is an article that explains the project and contest in more details:

Help Kentucky art students put their best feet forward

Several JCPS students are near the final stretch in a national competition, and you can help them move closer to the finish line.

For the third year in a row, Eastern High students are semifinalists in the national Vans Custom Culture Contest, a competition that requires students to customize four pairs of sneakers. Each must represent one of four themes—action sports, music, art, or local flavor. (The shoes shown above reflect the music theme.)

The competition is now accepting votes from the public to determine which students from each of five regions will receive a trip to Los Angeles for the final judging, which will include surprise celebrity judges. The winning students will receive $50,000 for their school’s art program. The four other student groups will each receive $4,000.

“We’ve been a national runner up for the past two years, and I’m hoping that the third time is the charm,” says Eastern art teacher Trish Hamilton-Cooper.

Visit http://www.vans.com/customculture/vote/4/ to see all of Eastern’s designs and place your vote. You do not have to register with the site, and the contest allows one vote per IP address, which means you can vote on each of your Internet-connected devices (desktop computer, laptop, phone, and/or tablet). Voting ends on Thurs., May 3rd

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