Indio High art program named finalist in Vans shoe design competition

Dozens of vibrant sketches plaster the walls of Jennifer Ireland’s arts and fashion classroom at Indio High School. In one apparent homage to Roy Lichtenstein, a blonde woman embraces a square-jawed man with slick black hair. Next to it, a series of repeated portraits in hues of red and black could allude to Andy […]

Dozens of vibrant sketches plaster the walls of Jennifer Ireland’s arts and fashion classroom at Indio High School. In one apparent homage to Roy Lichtenstein, a blonde woman embraces a square-jawed man with slick black hair. Next to it, a series of repeated portraits in hues of red and black could allude to Andy Warhol. 

Perhaps some of Ireland’s students draw inspiration from famed artists. This spring, they are the source of inspiration for their high school and the city of Indio. 

Six of Ireland’s students have been working weekends together for two months to design two custom pairs of Vans skate shoes in an effort to win money for their high school arts programs.

Vans High School Custom Culture was created to empower students to embrace their creativity through art and design and bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets. That’s a cause important to Ireland and Indio High School principal Derrick Lawson, who sets a discretionary art budget to use “where and when he can,” according to the Desert Sands Unified School District. 

The Indio team’s designs have been selected among 50 national finalists, and the public has until May 6 to vote for the competition’s winners. One school will win a $50,000 grand prize and several others will win $15,000. People can vote online at customculture.vans.com.

“They represent us very well at the national level,” said Indio Mayor Pro Tem Oscar Ortiz, who also works as an Indio High educator.

https://www.desertsun.com/story/news/education/2022/05/02/indio-high-art-program-named-finalist-vans-shoe-design-competition/9561535002/

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