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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Building A New Home For VADA - Fundraising Campaign for State of the Art Campus


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Multi-million dollar project in the works for Santa Barbara High School’s Visual Arts & Design Academy

"Students at the The visual arts and design academy … known as VADA … will soon get to enjoy a whole new building," said president Andy Beall of Friends of VADA.

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VADA at Santa Barbara High School Receives Approval to Move Ahead with New Building

With a contractor selected, construction will begin in December

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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 2022-2023 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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