The Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA)

is a unique “school-within-a-school” that integrates rigorous academic coursework with project-based, career-focused art and design instruction, in a supportive and creative environment.

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vada draw 2022

The VADA Draw: Art from the Heart

Saturday April 23, 2022
at The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
from 7 - 10 PM

Each year, original works of art are generously donated by professional and amateur artists, many from Santa Barbara, and talented VADA alumni. During the VADA DRAW, ticket holders are entered into a raffle and get to choose a coveted art piece to take home. Please join us in supporting VADA Students at Santa Barbara High.

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VADA is a California Partnership Academy funded in equal parts by the California Department of Education, the Santa Barbara Unified School District, and the Friends of VADA, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.

As part of its matching grant agreement with the California Department of Education and the Santa Barbara Unified School District, VADA must raise one-third of its funding from the community every year. The 2021-2022 Annual Campaign goal is to raise at least $100,000. Any contribution you can make is greatly appreciated and will allow our students to participate in a more enriched learning experience.



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