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Category: Culture

Vans Kicks Off “Custom Culture” Contest

Vans invites all public and private high school artists to participate in their eleventh annual Vans Custom Culture, an art contest designed to “inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets.”

Registration is open now through Jan. 31 and the grand-prize winner of $75,000 will be announced in mid-May.

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Evil Eye: The History and Cultural Significance

A piercing blue gaze meets yours from the beads of a bracelet, pendant of a necklace, or key chain danging from a waist.

This symbol, the “evil eye,” can be traced back to 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian tablets and continues to prevail in modern fashion, according to a 2017 Indian Journal of Scientific Research study.

Today, many cultures still use it as a form of protection from envy – why? How did a blue eye translate into a protective symbol against a timeless, universal superstition about envy?

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