Vans have been a long time staple in our home. I have been wearing them since I was a little girl and have passed my love for them down to my children. It is in fact one of the few lines of clothing that our entire family wears. I love my leopard, the boys take theirs classic and of course Baby Girl needed the hot pink checkered.
I recently learned a little bit more about Vans that has made me love them even more.
Today launches the Vans Custom Culture competition. This is a program that encourages High School students to celebrate creativity and raise awareness for declining funding in the arts programs across the country. Over 2500 High Schools across the country are competing in this opportunity to win $50,000 for their respective art programs. Here is a little look at last year’s Custom Culture final event in New York.
There are a number of things I love about this. First and foremost, what an incredible way to connect with High School students. I have to imagine that there is not a High School student out there who doesn’t not recognize the Vans brand. It is well known and most likely worn by many. Bringing together this connection in a creative way is genius. I also love that this competition is focused on the arts. A lot of times it feels that sports are given so much more priority over the arts and there are so many incredibly talented children and young adults out there that are never given the exposure they deserve. I love that this competition allows young adults to push their creativity limits and create whatever they want. Finally, I absolutely love that a large brand such as Vans is giving back and providing opportunities for those who may not have it.
To help celebrate the launch of this competition and the voting that is open TODAY to all of YOU, Vans has asked my little ones to create a custom pair of Vans. Seems Baby Girl wanted to fill her entire shoe with I Love You’s and drawings while Middle Man went with his love for New York.
You can vote for the top 50 entries by clicking here and I highly suggest checking them out. These kids are beyond talented and I wish I had half the abilities that they do!
Needing a good pair of sneakers for summer? You can never go wrong with a pair of Vans.
* Thank you Vans for collaborating on this post.