Local Student Emily Stone Returns from Toyota's 6th Dream Car Art Contest Awards Ceremony in Japan | Arts & Culture
Kaneohe resident and Kamehameha Elementary School student, 11-year-old Emily Stone, returned this month from Toyota’s 6th Dream Car Art Contest awards ceremony held on August 28 at Mega Web, Toyota Motor Corporation's interactive vehicle display facility in Koto Ward, Tokyo,Japan. Stone was awarded “best finalist award” in her age group for her artwork entitled “Kronen.”Stone, among only 30 finalists selected from the top 900 international entries in the World Contest, was the only representative of the United States. More than 620,000 worldwide entries were submitted for consideration in Toyota’s 6th Dream Car Art Contest.
“I had such an amazing time in Japan and feel inspired by all the other entrants,” said Emily Stone. “I encourage all Hawaii students to participate in Toyota’s next Dream Car Art Contest so they, too, can experience what I’ve experienced. I’ve had the opportunity to do all this cool stuff just by doing what I enjoy, drawing.”Stone traveled to Japan for the first time with her family on their all-expenses-paid trip, where she and the other finalists met Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda and Executive Vice President Yukitoshi Funo. Stone’s love of art, particularly the work of local artist-historian and author HerbKawainui Kane, inspired her to enter the contest. About the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest
The contest is open to children 15 years of age and younger in 70 countries and regions around the world. Conducted as part of TMC's social contribution activities, the contest gives children throughout the world the opportunity to develop interest in cars and help them feel the joy and importance of having a dream. This year's contest, the sixth since it was first held in 2004, attracted 620,000 entries from 70 countries and regions.
National contests were held in each country or region from the end of October to the beginning of 2012, where 900 outstanding entries were selected. Later at the world contest held in Japan in May of this year, judging was performed by outside experts in art and automobile science led by TMC President Akio Toyoda to select the Gold Prize, Silver Prize, Bronze Prize, Best Finalist Prize, Finalist Prize, and President Toyoda Prize awards. Information on this year’s contest will be posted on ToyotaHawaii.com in the fall. About Toyota HawaiiToyota has been Hawaii’s top-selling automotive brand since 1997 with seven dealership locations statewide – Big Island Toyota – Hilo and Kona; Maui Toyota; Kauai Toyota; Servco Auto Honolulu, Servco Auto Leeward and Servco Auto Windward. For more information about Toyota Hawaii, visit ToyotaHawaii.com.