Submissions sought for Dream Art Car contest


Hawaii student artists ages 15 years and under are encouraged to compete in Toyota’s 6th Annual Dream Car Art Contest by submitting hand-drawn entries based on the theme “Your Dream Car” by Jan. 31, 2012.

Entry forms are available at Toyota Hawaii dealers or at Entries can be dropped off at any Toyota dealer in the state or mailed to P.O. Box 2788, Honolulu, Hawaii 96803-2788.

The judging panel includes Department of Education Art in Public Places Artist in Residence Resource Teacher Evan Tottori, Honolulu Academy of Arts Academy Art Center at Linekona Director Vince Hazen, TV Personality KHON2’s Olena Heu and Toyota Hawaii’s Glenn Inouye.

In February, the judging panel will choose 15 finalists to submit to the international competition. These 15 finalists will each receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.

If any of the Hawaii entries are chosen as finalists in the world competition, those students will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan for the final awards judging in August 2012 and a chance to meet Toyota Motor Corporation President Toyoda and Executive Vice President Funo of Toyota in Toyoda City, Aichi prefecture.

“This is a chance for Hawaii students to be as imaginative as they can be in coming up with a Dream Car idea,” said Inouye, Senior Vice President for Toyota Hawaii. “Last year’s international winners were incredibly creative, and I know Hawaii students can definitely compete on this level.”

Last year’s Annual Dream Car Art Contest winners included:

* A car that would turn into a hand bag via remote control, submitted by 7-year-old Kata Szonja Szollosi from Hungary

* An automatic noodle truck car, submitted by 11-year-old Porndanai Wattanapraditchai from Thailand

* The world saver car that transforms pollution into clean air, by 13-year-old Pipat Tunkrathok from Thailand

The first contest was held in 2004 with dual goals of creating an opportunity for children to have fun and to understand the importance of having a dream and at the same time to encourage them to become interested in cars through drawing “Dream Cars” using their creative imaginations.

“The main criteria that I determined in my mind for selecting the 5th Annual Dream Car Contest Akira Toriyama Award was ‘the dream cars that only children can imagine and draw’,” said Akira Toriyama, Toyota Dream Car Art Contest judge for the final competition.

“Needless to say, good-quality art and eco-consciousness are wonderful aspects. However, more importantly, I do want them to have their own fantasy world in their childhood,” Toriyama said. “I believe that it doesn’t matter even if the fantasy world seems to be small or useless, or that no one else can understand the dream. Putting their own fantasies into the cars, and completely enjoying drawing the picture, that’s the most wonderful thing ever.”

Student artists will compete in three age categories: Under 10-years old; 10- to 12-years old; and 13- to 15-years old

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