U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest Opens
Texas, Sept. 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- For a
15-year-old musician from Mercer Island,
Washington, cars of the future would include her "piano
ship" vehicle, which performs classical music for passengers and
passersby while floating high above and throughout the lush
landscapes of the world.
Originally trained as a pianist and now an award-winning harpist
with her local youth orchestra, high schooler Ava Yeh is also an accomplished artist. Fueled
by her love of classical music and an appreciation of nature, she
designed and submitted her "Toyota Dream Orchestra Car" to the
annual Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, which won first place in her
age group for both U.S. and the world competitions this year.
"My car plays music everywhere to soothe people and improve
their mental and physical health," shared Yeh, currently a junior
at Mercer Island High School. "I added beautiful plants and flowers
to my design to emphasize the importance of preserving nature and
to inspire people to nurture their own homes."
After receiving a Gold Award in the U.S. contest, along with the
other eight U.S. winners, Yeh's artwork was entered into the world
contest where she won the Grand Prize in her age group (12-15
years). Her work was selected from national winners representing 78
countries, and globally from a total of 531,692 artwork
"Ava is an outstanding musician who inspires us all. She is a
model for young musicians everywhere, and she provides a wonderful
example to our students on how music creates community within a
school," said Walter Kelly,
principal of Mercer Island High School.
"Great ideas like Ava's help guide our work to make the world a
healthier and happier place for everyone," said Tellis Bethel, group vice president and chief
social innovation officer, Toyota Motor North America. "We feel
that the contest is a great platform for young people to express
their creativity, ingenuity and passion for making a
Two other U.S. winners were recognized as "Best Finalists" in
the world competition this year: 5-year-old Zongxuan Helena Zou of Ridgewood, New Jersey, for her "Giraffe Car
Delivers Happiness" artwork and 11-year-old Doyeon Lee of Mill
Creek, Washington, for her "Sweet Car" artwork.
The question, "If you could design a car to make the world a
better place, what would it look like?" is answered each year by
thousands of young people like Yeh, Zou and Lee who design and
submit their hand-drawn artwork to their respective national
This fall, the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest launches in
the United States for its
12th year. Artwork by U.S. youth, ages 4-15, may be
submitted online or by mail starting October
1, 2022 through January 31,
2023. Details on this year's contest is available at
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 directly employs more than 39,000 people in the U.S. who
have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of nearly
32 million cars and trucks at our nine manufacturing plants. By
2025, Toyota's 10th plant in North
Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for
electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road
than any other automaker, a quarter of the company's 2021 U.S.
sales were electrified.
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 chance
to virtually 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.
Dream Car USA
Melissa Richardson Banks
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SOURCE Toyota Motor North America