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JP Steven Artists need your vote!

JP Steven Artists need your vote!


JP Stevens High School Art students need you to VOTE for them for a chance at $50,000 for the Art Department!
Voting is open from April 27 to May 11.
You are allowed to cast ONE vote per region PER DAY until voting ends at 5pm PST on May 11.

Vans Custom Culture is a national high school design competition that aims to raise awareness of diminishing arts education budgets across the country and to help students express their Right To Art.

Vans Custom Culture inspires high school students to embrace creativity through art and design while also showing them how they can channel their creativity into viable artistic careers.

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.

We began with a planning session that emphasized the importance of a theme and came up with celebrating New Jersey Diners. Once the theme was determined, we had to figure out how to make action sports, arts, and music fit into the theme. We all used the provided paper templates to plan great designs. With a critique of all the drawings we combined aspects of some and left some as they were, but we were still stuck on one design. The action sports was a little harder because the theme “Diners” led us to roller skating but we knew BMX and Snowboarding type sports was what they would be looking for. Once the ice cream and snowboard connection was made, we were off and running. Using many different media to create the different textures and lights, and black light paint for that neon sign effect, we gave out jobs based on students’ strengths. Mrs. Paolello and Elizabeth gave out assignments and kept everyone on task, Elizabeth and Jessica X. began drawing, sculpting and painting, Chand placed orders on her Amazon Prime account for lights and extra materials as well as painting designs, Alexandra, Yixin, Eunice, Jessica S., Ingrid, Ethan and Angela continued to paint as quickly and accurately as they could in a team. Soon it was all coming together but we were running out of time before spring break. We decided those not going away would come in over the break, but we also wanted to catch up on some sleep. When we arrived at school at 10:30 and put out all the supplies and heated up the glue guns, we no sooner had Sculpey clay in the toaster oven when an announcement rang out that the custodian was setting the alarm in 3 minutes!!!! With no way to find the custodian in time, we pulled out all the plugs and turned off the toaster oven and ran out! Making a plan for getting to school earlier the next day, we went to lunch. Luckily, it went better the next day and we were able to get a lot done. Once back at school with the whole team we were able to complete the shoes and take pictures. Now we were ready to upload the images! Yay, right? No! We were blocked from the website! We all thought, how are we going to do this? After a call to the Vice Principal we found a computer in the library that would let us do it. All frantic, we realize that it’s locked! We ask each other if anyone knew the password. We all look at each other with a blank expression when Elizabeth takes a guess at the password and she is right!!!! What are the odds?!!! We upload or our designs, SUCESSS!!!

Once our designs were completed and FINALLY uploaded, Vans employees and ambassadors selected the Top 50 schools for the public vote taking place right now.

We are so excited that we were selected by Vans as a Top 50 finalist! You can help us make it to the top five by voting for JP Stevens High School from now until May 11 at

This public vote will determine the top five schools that will go on to compete for $50,000 to support the school’s Right To Art movement. You can vote once each day so please VOTE and get your friends to VOTE too!!!

Follow the movement on Instagram @vans.custom.culture and by using the hashtag #RightToArt and #VansCustomCulture

We’ve seen how much Vans Custom Culture helps all of us develop our creativity and teamwork and we really want to make it to LA and WIN that $50,000!