New Haven has been chosen to participate in the Vans Custom Culture competition, which is when a school is given two pairs of Vans to customize according to the themes provided. This year’s themes are “Off the Wall” and “Local Flavor.” One theme will be given to each shoe and the students will design them however they want. On March 30th, the shoes will be submitted by photo along with a short description (no more than 500 words) of how the prize winnings will have a positive impact on the school and community. The 1st place prize in this competition is a $75,000 Grand Prize to the winning school’s art program.
Sheny Delgado, Addison Tolar, Hannah Knoppe, Emily Knoppe, Paige Remillard, and Abygail Grater have begun their work on the Vans design, and have met up to collaborate and improve on all of their designs.
Sophomore Addison Tolar stated, “I didn’t really have a specific design, but the designs we are going with are Sheny's and Paige's.”
Abygail Grater, senior, commented, “I have previously participated in this competition before, and I have had a lot of fun working with the other students. Although we’ve had to change our designs throughout the making of the pieces because we have run into many complications. Hopefully we can get by without having too many problems this year.”
Hannah Knoppe, sophomore, mentioned, “I love getting together with a bunch of equally talented and creative artists to come up with a final piece that is a combination of all of our skills.”
Since the prize is $75,000, the students were asked what they would like to use the winnings for.
Hannah Knoppe stated, “More pottery wheels, a new kiln, and more and better art supplies, but if I could choose absolutely anything I would want a 3D printer so we can have a 3D printing class.”
Addison Tolar commented, “A bigger art room in general, so we have more room.”
Finishing up, the designers will continue to meet and to finish their work. Once completed, their designs of the shoes will be submitted by March 30th!