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Eastern HS one of five finalists in shoe design competition

Eastern High School has been chosen as one of the five finalist schools in a national shoe-designing competition, the Vans Custom Culture. (Source: Vans) Eastern High School has been chosen as one of the five finalist schools in a national shoe-designing competition, the Vans Custom Culture. (Source: Vans)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Eastern High School has been chosen as one of the five finalist schools in a national shoe-designing competition. 

In the next phase of the Vans Custom Culture design competition the students and their teacher will flown out to Los Angeles for the reveal event, where the final winning school will be awarded a grand prize of $50,000 to support arts education and foster their local #RightToArt movement along with the potential that the school will see one of its designs produced for sale at select Vans retail locations and Vans.com. The other four schools will also each receive $4,000.

The Vans Custom Culture design competition was founded in 2010 with the goal of raising awareness of diminishing arts education budgets across the country and to help students express their #RightToArt.

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Students were provided four pairs of blank Vans shoes and were challenged to create designs that represent the four themes of the Vans "off the wall" lifestyle: action sports, arts, music and local flavor. An internal Vans team including some of the brand’s designers, as well as employees, narrowed down the selection to the Top 50 schools for the public to vote. On May 12, Vans announced the results of the public vote. 

Eastern was joined in the top five by high schools from New Jersey, Hawaii, California and Oregon. 

Via this initiative, Vans has donate more than $600,000 to local high schools and Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading organization for advancing the arts and art education. 

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