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CALLING ALL CENTRAL STUDENT ARTISTS! Draw the car of the future for a chance to win a trip to Japan
CALLING ALL CENTRAL STUDENT ARTISTS! Draw the car of the future for a chance to win a trip to Japan

www.toyotahawaii.com – 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 January 31, 2012. Entry forms can be found in the CARS section of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on December 29, as well as at a Toyota Hawaii Dealer, including Servo Auto Leeward at 94-729 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu, HI 96797.  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 Glenn 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 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, and
  • 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. 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:

1.      Under 10-years old

2.      10- to 12-years old

3.      13- to 15-years old

Dates to remember:

December 2 and 9

·        Entry forms and contest information available in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser CARS section.

·        Entry forms and contest information available online at www.toyotahawaii.com beginning November 28.

January 31

·        Entries due.

February 20 – 24

·        Judging takes place; finalists notified.

February 28 (tentative)

·        Servco Toyota’s awards ceremony for 15 finalists.

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