Kids, it is time to start your creative engines, lay out your art supplies and let your imagination run wild. It’s time to enter the Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest. Kids aged 4-15 are invited to enter online or by mail starting November 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022. First launched in 2004, in Japan, the contest features the work of children and gives them an opportunity to help shape the future of automotive design…as well as the fun of winning, potentially competing on a global stage.
How to Enter
The process is so easy. Children can ‘create an original drawing by hand using digital tools, crayons, color pencils, ink pens, markers or paint (acrylic or watercolor). With the assistance of an adult, they complete an entry form, which is submitted with the drawing (the original, if sent by mail; an image, if using the online form). Details – with official rules, artwork guidelines and entry forms – are at www.ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com.’
“Great ideas begin with a dream. We invite youth across the country to share their vision, creativity and excitement for the future of mobility,” said Sean Suggs, group vice president, Toyota Social Innovation.
What Does the Winner Receive?
The works will be split into age-based categories and then judged on uniqueness, artistry and execution of concept. The three categories are as follows:
- Category 1 (4-7 years)
- Category 2 (8-11 years)
- Category 3 (12-15 years)
The top three winners in each age group receive awards (gold, silver and bronze) with along with cash prizes. In addition, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, will give out its Petersen Prestige Award to one of the nine contest winners, which includes a display of the winning artwork at the museum.
“We were so impressed with the creativity and array of social issues demonstrated by youth in last year’s contest and can hardly wait to see what new dream cars come to life this year,” said Terry L. Karges, executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum.
Last year’s Petersen Prestige Award recipient is Jery Chen whose “Fly Higher with Toyota” artwork will be displayed this year, along with seven 3D replicas created by California State University, Dominquez Hills Center for Innovation in STEM Education students, in The Petersen’s Rob and Melani Walton Discovery Center, October 30, 2021 through March 27, 2022. Prints of artworks by 11 past youth winners will also be displayed with the 3D replicas.
About the Contest
The United States launched its first national contest in 2012 to join the contest that was first started in Japan. Now expanded to more than 90 countries, all countries submit their top nine winners to Japan as entries to the world contest. To learn more about the world contest, visit www.Toyota-DreamCarArt.com. To learn more about the USA contest, visit www.ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com.