How Vans Custom Culture works -
• The first 1,500 U.S.-based public or private high schools registered for Vans Custom Culture by a teacher or school administrator will receive four pairs of Vans shoes to make their own custom creations. Each pair of shoes must represent one of four themes: Action Sports (Defined as boards and bikes, not stick and ball!) Music, Art, and Local Flavor (Inspired by surrounding community, city or state).
• Schools then submit photos online via the Vans Custom Culture website. Vans staff then select 50 semi-finalists (10 schools per region, 5 regions total) which will be posted to the website for public voting ( beginning April 22nd, 2013).
• The top five finalists, determined by online voting and announced May 14th, will travel to New York City for the final event
The final event -
• The final event includes surprise celebrity judges and the chance to win a $50,000 grand prize for their school’s art program.
• Runner ups will receive $4,000 prizes for their programs too.
• A final prize from Vans’ partner, Journeys, will also award $10,000 to the school with the best Local Flavor themed shoe
Misc. >> 2013 Vans Costume Culture design
Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) are high school sweethearts who married young and are now at a crossroads at the age of thirty. While Celeste is a success in business, Jesse is unemployed and adrift. Celeste thinks that if they divorce now they could still remain friends. Jesse passively accepts the decision even though he is still in love with her. As reality sets in, Celeste slowly and painfully realizes she has been cavalier about their relationship, but her timing with Jesse is less than fortuitous.
Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
“The Making of ‘Celeste & Jesse Forever'”, Los Angeles Film Festival Red Carpet Premiere and Q&A.
Vans is sounding the call for hundreds of high schools across the country to take part in the 4th edition of Vans Custom Culture, a nationwide art contest. Schools can now register at vans.com/customculture for the chance to compete for a $50,000 award to their art program and the opportunity to travel to New York City to exhibit their art-adorned Vans shoes at the final art showcase.
Vans Custom Culture inspires creativity among students through art and design while at the same time aiming to shed light on diminishing school art budgets. Since its 2010 inception, Vans Custom Culture has reached tens of thousands of students, at thousands of participating schools and awarded more than $175,000 to support high school art programs. In 2013, Vans sets the bar even higher with a goal that more than 1,000 schools nationally join in.
“In a time when schools are faced with shrinking budgets, art education is an often overlooked discipline,” said Doug Palladini, Vans Vice President of Marketing. “Supporting creative expression through art and design is very important to all of us at Vans and the Custom Culture program should inspire young art students and draw attention to the importance of high school art programs nationwide.”
In 2013, Vans will donate $50,000 to the school that wins the Custom Culture contest and launch a new partnership with Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Through this partnership, Americans for the Arts and Vans will distribute $2,000 grants to an additional ten schools across the nation, and Vans will make a $50,000 donation to Americans for the Arts to support their work to create opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additionally, returning national retail partner Journeys will award a $10,000 ‘Local Attitude’ award presented to the school that creates the most compelling ‘local flavor’ design.
“Journeys couldn’t be more excited to partner with Vans Custom Culture for a second year,” said Kari Irons, Journeys Vice President of Marketing. “Arts education is a vital part of a student’s school experience and ensuring that young artists have the funding they need to pursue their creative passions is something Journeys feels very strongly about.”
To further encourage students to register, Vans Custom Culture is pleased to announce that actress Emma Roberts (Valentine’s Day, It’s Kind of a Funny Story and the much anticipated We’re the Millers and Empire State), will serve as the face of the program as the Vans Custom Culture Celebrity Ambassador. “As a huge Vans fan I am so excited to work with Vans Custom Culture on this great initiative,” said Roberts. “Not only does it help to inspire high school students across the U.S. to embrace their creativity, but it also raises awareness for the importance of art in high schools all over the country.”
These days, our knowledge of celebrities too often originates with paparazzi images and snarky quotes by anonymous “insiders.” After a while, it’s easy to forget that stars are real people. That’s why HuffPost Celebrity decided to launch its all-new #nofilter quick-fire question and answer series. Because how well do you know someone until they’ve shared their guiltiest pleasures?
As the niece of Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts, there’s no doubt in our minds that Emma Roberts will be America’s next sweetheart. The 21-year-old has already starred in hits like “Valentine’s Day” and “Scream 4″ and will be seen this year alongside Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis in “We’re the Millers.” Plus, she gets hot and heavy with Miley Cyrus’ fiance, Liam Hemsworth in the upcoming drama, “Empire State.” So, who or what makes her jealous? HuffPost Celebrity found out.
What do you think of Honey Boo Boo?
I’ve never seen it!
Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey?
No [laughs]. I’m sorry!
What’s the last song you downloaded?
“Catch my Breath” by Kelly Clarkson. I’m obsessed.
Do you have any tattoos?
What’s the dumbest thing you’ve read about yourself?
Umm … I don’t know I try not to read the dumb stuff written about me.
Who’s on speed dial?
If you could give advice to a younger version of yourself, what would it be?
Don’t flat-iron your hair so much.
When’s the last time you cried?
Yesterday, but it was for a scene.
Emma Roberts has had the chance to work with some A-list actors and actresses, but no one could top Jennifer Aniston — at least in her mind.
Roberts, 21, chatted with HuffPost Celebrity about her experience on “We’re The Millers” and why working alongside Aniston was a “dream come true.”
“Jennifer Aniston is a genius. I’ve been such a fan of hers for so long, so to get to work with her was one of those dream come true, check-off-my-list kind of things that I’ve always wanted,” Roberts told HuffPost. “I think we all worked together really well and I think there was a good chemistry between us,” she added of Aniston and Sudeikis. “We became friends outside of work, so it translated well.”
Roberts also discussed starring alongside James Franco in the upcoming movie “Palo Alto,” which is based on his book of the same name.
“It’s a fictitious take on James Franco’s life,” Roberts said of the movie. “It’s all of these stories interwoven about these young kids growing up in Palo Alto. He plays a teacher and I play his student and we have kind of a weird relationship. It’s been a really fun experience working on that.”
As for Franco, Roberts says he’s an incredible guy.
“He’s amazing, we had a lot of fun working together. He’s such a great serious actor, but also a lot funnier than you would think in person.”