Cars of the future art contest set

Inviting all young, innovative artists.

Toyota Hawaii is asking Hawaii students 15 and younger to submit their own hand-drawn creations of what their ideal car is.

Winning applicants will receive a trip to Japan, an honor Kauai’s Emma Thain won last year.

“It’s great to tie art and business together and engage the creative minds of youth to what tomorrow is going to be like,” said Subaru Hawaii’s spokeswoman, Kim Randall.

The annual Dream Car Art Contest is a worldwide contest where students from across the globe draw out what they think automobiles of the future should look like.

Applicants are encouraged to keep the car company’s concepts in mind: Focusing on conservation and environmentally friendly cars, ones that promote world peace and encourage helping others. The contestants are also welcome to use any form of non-digital mediums including crayons, color pencils, paint or markers to create their works.

“I think it’s always great when you’re challenged to think differently,” said Randall. “It’s a great opportunity to think of an area you wouldn’t think about. I don’t think a lot of kids think about cars or automobiles. I think it’s exciting to combine that with those who have a love of art.”

Thain, a Koloa home-schooled youth, was one of four Best Finalists Award winners among more than 660,000 entrants last year.

Her drawing was of a neighborhood with her version of a Toyota “bus” complete with multiple mechanical arms, to be used for installing plumbing, electrical and dry wall in homes with speed and ease.

Students will be divided into three age categories. The Toyota Hawaii Facebook page will give people the opportunity to vote for their favorite drawing from Feb. 23 to March 10. The artwork that receives the most votes in the different age categories will be entered for judging in the final part of the competition.

In March, a panel of local judges will select the contest’s nine winners and the first-place winners in their categories will receive an iPad mini, while the second and third place winners will receive a $100 cash prize. The award ceremony for the finalists will be April 18.

The nine winners of the Toyota Hawaii Dream Car Art Contest competition will represent Hawaii as finalists in the 2015 World Contest. If any of the nine are selected, they’ll receive an all-expense-paid trip to Japan to attend the World Contest award ceremony in Tokyo.

Last year, the contest received over 500 entries from local students and the company is expecting 1,000 this year.

The contestants’ pieces may be submitted to Servco Toyota Hawaii on Kauai, 4337 Rice St. in Lihue.

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