Cedar Hill Art Program Wins $ 15,000 in Vans Contest
Congratulations to the Cedar Hill Art Researchers
(CEDAR HILL, TEXAS) The Cedar Hill High School Art Program has established itself as one of the premier art programs in the United States.
The program won $ 15,000 in prizes after being one of four national finalists in the Vans Custom Culture competition. They were just one of two schools in Texas to earn this honor. The other program, Edison High School in San Antonio, was also a finalist. The big winner was Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville, Louisiana.
As part of the competition, the fellows used a Vans shoe as a canvas for their submitted art.
“Just being selected to participate was an incredible feeling,” said Danielle Johnson, art teacher at Cedar Hill. “Out of all the applications, they chose only 250 schools to compete. To be in the top 50 and then in the top 5 was even more special. When myself and the other art teachers got the email that we were in the top five, all we could do was scream and kiss each other.
The winner was announced Thursday, and although Johnson and his academics were hoping for the grand prize of $ 50,000, they are grateful for the $ 15,000.
Big plans for the future
“There are so many ways we want to use this money to grow our department and expose our researchers to new art forms,” Johnson said. “One of them is digital art. We would love to purchase digital drawing tablets as well as other items that will help advance our researchers as artists.
Johnson first learned of the competition from his colleague, Jenny Winfield, in 2017. They competed that year but did not advance to the final round.
Johnson has said Cedar Hill will compete again in the future, but since they were finalists this year, they will not be eligible in 2022.
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