Vans shoes is sponsoring a national art competition for high school students to compete in their 6th Annual Vans Custom Culture art competition. 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.

Custom Culture is a national high school customization competition using four pairs of blank Vans shoes to be customized around four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor. The shoes are the canvas for the artwork.

The winning school will win $50,000 and could also see one of their student’s designs up for sale in the company’s national stores and at the company’s web site. High school art teachers have until February 13th to register their classes.