"As a designer, I'm always excited when Toyota fosters art and creativity in today's youth," said Ian Cartabiano, Chief Designer at Toyota's Calty Design Center in Newport Beach, Calif. "These young people are using their ideas through art to improve the world, and I feel privileged to witness our bright future coming up with the next big, new idea."
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History: Last year, World Contest winners included two entrants from Thailand and one from Romania. The first international contest was held in 2004 by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan, with the dual goals of inspiring children to understand the importance of having a dream while, at the same time, encouraging them to become interested in cars by designing "Dream Cars" of their imagination.
CUTLINE: Actor and avid art collector Cheech Marin along with Ian Cartabiano, Chief Designer at Toyota's Calty Design Studio, critique artwork submitted by youth from across the country for the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, March 14, 2013, at Toyota's U.S. headquarters in Torrance, Calif. Nine winners were selected to compete in Japan as World Semi-Finalists, against entrants from 70 other countries. The grand prize winner will win an all-expense paid trip to Japan.SOURCE Toyota Financial Services