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North Royalton City Schools News Article

Advanced Art Students Compete in Van's "Custom Culture" Contest

Mrs. DeBiasi's students got experience with fashion and design this Spring with the Van's Custom Culture contest, open to high school art classes across the country. The shoe company sent four pairs of blank white shoes in each style that they manufacture. The the students then paint the shoes according to four themes: Art, Music, Local Flavor, and Action sports. This year there is also a new theme, Technology in Design, which is expressed on paper.
"I was very excited by this opportunity," said Mrs. DeBiasi.  "It was set up as a real-world fashion project.  Students shared responsibility for everything, and really worked as a team to deliver the final product."

3000 high school art departments across the country have registered for this competition.  The finished shoes go through a series of voting with the final five finalists being invited to Los Angeles for the final vote. The grand prize is $50,000.00 for the winning school's art department, as well as a scholarship to Laguna College of Art and Design. The winning shoes design will then be manufactured and sold throughout the country - and, of course, the winning team will win a set of their custom shoes.  
Mrs. DeBiasi's students have worked hard on this for more than 6 weeks, handling the process from concepting the designs to execution of the final product. The finished the project on Friday with some of the students staying until 7pm to complete it. The entry was submitted this weekend and the first round of voting is April 26th to May 10th.

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