‘Toyota Dream Orchestra Car’ by Young Artist wins ‘Grand Prize’ at World Contest

Opening of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest in the United States October 1st

PLANO, TX, September 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — For a 15-year-old musician from Mercer Island, Washingtoncars of the future would include his “piano ship” vehicle, which performs classical music for passengers and bystanders while floating above and through the world’s lush landscapes.

Originally trained as a pianist and now an award-winning harpist with her local youth orchestra, high school student Ava Yeh is also an accomplished artist. Fueled by her love of classical music and an appreciation for nature, she designed and submitted her “Toyota Dream Orchestra carat the annual Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, which won first place in its age group at both US and global competitions this year.

“My car is playing music everywhere to soothe people and improve their mental and physical health,” said 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 American competition, along with the other eight American winners, Yeh’s work was entered in the world competition where she won the grand prize in her age group (12-15 years old). His work was selected from national winners representing 78 countries and globally from a total of 531,692 artwork submissions.

“Ava is an exceptional musician who inspires us all. She is a role model for young musicians around the world and she provides a wonderful example to our students of how music creates community within a school,” said Walter Kellyprincipal of Mercer Island High School.

“Big ideas like Ava’s help guide our work to make the world a healthier, happier place for everyone,” said Tellis Bethel, Group Vice President and Director of Social Innovation, Toyota Motor North America. “We believe the competition is a great platform for young people to express their creativity, ingenuity and passion to make a difference.”

Two other American winners were recognized as “top runners-up” in the global competition this year: 5-year-old Zongxuan Helena Zou of Ridgewood, New Jerseyfor her “The giraffe car brings happiness” work of art and 11 years Doyeon Lee of Mill Creek, Washingtonfor her “sweet car” masterpieces.

The question “If you could design a car to make the world a better place, what would it look like?” is answered every year by thousands of young people like Yeh, Zou and Lee who design and submit their hand-drawn works to their respective national competitions.

This fall, the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is launched in United States for his 12e year. Artwork by young Americans ages 4-15 can be submitted online or by mail from October 1, 2022 through January 31, 2023. Details of this year’s competition are available at www.ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com.

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Toyota directly employs more than 39,000 people in the United States who have helped design, engineer and assemble nearly 32 million cars and trucks at our nine manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 10th plant in North Carolina will start manufacturing automotive batteries for electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, a quarter of the company’s U.S. sales in 2021 were electrified.

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SOURCE Toyota Motor North America