EDAWN Foundation and the Washoe County School District (WCSD) announced the nine winners of the 8th Annual Taxi-Art Design Contest

EDAWN Foundation Presents Cash Awards to Contest Winning Schools

Reno, Nev. (MAY 24, 2023) - Today the EDAWN Foundation and the Washoe County School District (WCSD) announced the nine winners of the 8th Annual Taxi-Art Design Contest. This year, a record 300+ students submitted entries from 20 schools. The first-place winners include Allen Lumbao, Damonte Ranch High School; Ximena Lopez-Padilla, Dilworth Middle School; and Elizabeth McLaughlin, Brown Elementary School (shown below). The first-place designs will be displayed as wraps on Reno-Sparks Cab Company taxis.

Damonte Ranch High School - Allen Lumbao  

Description: This illustration depicts a colorful and detailed narrative of The Great Reno Balloon Race. For many years, My family and I have made great memories waking up early to see various hot air balloons, which have always amazed us. I used digital medium with the help of a drawing tablet. 

Dilworth Middle School - Ximena Lopez-Padilla 

Description: My inspiration were the various types of animals in Nevada. I love animals! Also, my dog Gizmo helped to inspire me. The animals in my artwork represent how animals live so well and easily. They have no insecurities and live without judgement. The artwork shows the various species of animals in Nevada. It also shows the Nevada environment and landscapes.

Brown Elementary School - Elizabeth McLaughlin

Description: The first and last section are landscape colors. Then each section has its own landmark.

N: Tahoe forest 

E: Red rock road

V: Tahoe beach with trees in the background

A: Sierra Nevada mountains 

D: Washoe Valley bridge 

A: Truckee river 

Students were asked to create a taxi art design representing "Greater Reno-Sparks region and Northern Nevada as a great place to live, work and play." The first-place winning designs from elementary, middle school, and high school categories were revealed on Reno-Sparks Cab Company taxis at the event and will be displayed for a year.


The nine classrooms with first, second, and third place designs, received $500 for art supplies. The entries were submitted by students from Brown Elementary School, Hunsberger Elementary School, Roy Gomm Elementary School, Dilworth Middle School, Desert Skies Middle School, Damonte Ranch High School, and North Valleys High School.

Congratulations to all the students who participated in this year’s competition and a special recognition to the following first place winning schools and student artists. (Click here to see the six runners-up winners.)


The taxi art design entries were selected by a panel of judges from The EDAWN Foundation and the Arts community for their originality, creativity, and message highlighting why Northern Nevada Is a great place to live, work and play. Students, teachers, family members and community guests attended the press conference award ceremony, held at the Washoe County School District Administration building in Reno.

“We are so thankful to our partners at the EDAWN Foundation for their commitment to arts education and for celebrating our incredibly talented students,” said WCSD Superintendent Susan Enfield. “I am thrilled that their artwork will be celebrated and seen throughout the Northern Nevada region.”


"Every year we get more and more talent from students throughout our region," said Beth Macmillan, Executive Director, Artown. "This year, the committee was really challenged and went through a thoughtful process to find the pieces of art that both reflect the theme and showcase best on a taxi cab."

"By engaging with our talented local students to design the art for the taxis, we are not only showcasing their artistic abilities but also promoting the unique character of our community," said Mike Kazmierski, President and CEO of EDAWN. "This project truly represents the collaborative spirit and ingenuity that makes Reno-Sparks such a dynamic place to live and do business."

About the EDAWN Foundation: The EDAWN Foundation is a private, non-profit 501c3, founded by the EDAWN Board to educate visitors, businesses and local citizens about economic advancement, growth and regional economic development opportunities. For more information, or to support the taxi-art campaign, please visit here.



Katie Freeman, Media Relations, EDAWN, 775-560-3414

About Washoe County School District: The Washoe County School District includes the Reno/Sparks metropolitan area, Incline Village, Gerlach, and Wadsworth, Nevada. The District provides each of its 64,584 students with a superior education in a safe and challenging environment and is committed to graduate every child career and college ready. For more information, visit Follow us on social media @washoeschools (Twitter and Instagram) and @WashoeCountySchoolDistrict (Facebook)

Contact: Megan Downs, Communications Manager, Washoe County Schools, 775-348-0371


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