Bryant High School students achieve finalist status in national art contest



Bryant High School is one of the top-50 finalists in the Vans Custom Culture art competition. In the next round of voting, a public vote will determine the top five schools.

Voting will run from Thurs., April 24 until Wed., May 10 at the Vans Custom Culture site.

In order to become a finalist school, advanced students in the Bryant High School art department (Nicholas Herrington, Nicholas Hammonds, Talia Ross, Taylor Hicks, Lauren Fuller, Levyn Lewis, Nathan Mayes and Kaylie De Saussure) customized pairs of white Vans sneakers according to four themes: music, art, action sports and local flavor. For the local flavor category, students created a design about the Little Rock Nine at Central High School.

The competition’s final event takes places this June, where the five finalist schools will be awarded with an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles to showcase their four customized shoe designs to a panel of celebrity judges. The grand prize for the winning school is a $50,000 donation toward its art program and the potential of one of the designs being sold in Vans retail locations.

The four runner-up schools will receive $4,000 towards their art program.

According to the contest website, “Vans Custom Culture was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets. Vans believes everyone should be empowered to express themselves creatively and should be given the tools to do so.”


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