Toyota will be accepting artwork for its annual Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest beginning Nov. 1, the automaker announced. Submissions created by youth, ages 4-15, will be accepted online or by mail Nov. 1, through Jan. 31, 2022.
Kids 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).
“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.
Judged on uniqueness, artistry and execution of concept, artworks are reviewed by age group:
- 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 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 was 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. The artwork will be displayed Oct. 30 through March 27, 2022. Prints of artworks by 11 past youth winners will also be displayed with the 3D replicas.
Details – with official rules, artwork guidelines and entry forms – are available here.