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2023 Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest Accepting Artworks now thru January 31

Get your kids’ creative engines started! Unpack the art supplies, unbuckle imaginations, and kickstart the freewheeling designs of what your kids think cars should look like in the future. Then, enter their hand-drawn, painted, or digital artworks in the 2023 Toyota Dream Car USA Youth Art Contest. Artwork submissions created by youth, ages 4-15, are accepted online or by mail from October 1, 2022, through January 31, 2023.

It’s easy to enter. 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).

Enter today at www.ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com/entry-forms/.

“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.

Artwork Judging Criteria

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)

Prize Details

The top three winners in each age group receive awards (gold, silver, and bronze) with cash prizes. Two additional awards are presented each year by the panel of national judges: the Hot Wheels Design Award for an artwork with a design that celebrates the spirit of Hot Wheels® and the Petersen Prestige Award for an artwork that envisions the automotive world in a new and exciting way.

The Hot Wheels Design Award was established in 2022 by one of the contest’s national judges, Bryan Benedict, design director of Hot Wheels and Matchbox Die-Cast, Mattel, Inc. Last year’s recipient was 14-year-old Danica Lilly Ball of Chicora, Pennsylvania for her anime-themed “Steer Clear and Steam Forward into the Future,” an intricate drawing on paper inspired by the endangered Bengal tiger.

"Steer Clear and Steam into the Future" drawing by Danica Ball contest winner

Created in 2021, the 2nd annual Petersen Prestige Award was presented last year by the Petersen Automotive Museum to 15-year-old Kaitlyn Chen of Medina, Washington for her digitally drawn “Building Blocks” artwork. one of the nine contest winners, which includes a display of the winning artwork at the museum. The 2021 recipient was Jery Chen for her “Fly Higher with Toyota” artwork

About Toyota Dream Car Art Contest WorldwideThe first Toyota Dream Car Art Contest was held in Japan in 2004, and it has expanded to include nearly 90 countries today that host their own national contests. The United States launched its first national contest in 2012. 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.

About Toyota: Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our nearly 1,500 dealerships. Toyota has created a tremendous value chain and directly employs more than 36,000 in the U.S. The company has contributed world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 30 million cars and trucks at our 9 manufacturing plants, 10 including our joint venture in Alabama that begins production in 2021. To help inspire the next generation for a career in STEM-based fields, including mobility, Toyota launched its virtual education hub at www.TourToyota.com with an immersive experience and the chance to visit many of our U.S. manufacturing facilities. The hub also includes a series of free STEM-based lessons and curriculum through Toyota USA Foundation partners, virtual field trips, and more. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.

About Petersen Automotive MuseumThe Petersen Automotive Museum has one of the largest public automotive collections in the world. A global brand recognized as a center for automotive thought, the museum attracts and engages auto enthusiasts worldwide. This year, its expanding selection of digital content has resulted in a 60% increase in international visitation and a 40% increase in visitation by women. Popular among all include the now-virtual editions of Petersen Car Week, private collection tours of The Vault (features over 250 iconic and rare vehicles), educational field trips, and global “Cars & Coffee” events. The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity. To learn more, visit www.petersen.org.