Annual Campaign

Providing Opportunities Through Art

Every year, the Visual Arts & Design Academy (VADA) gives more than 200 students at Santa Barbara High School a powerful experience--connecting them with their innate creativity, and equipping them to take newfound skills into the workforce and the world. The Give from the ‘ART Annual Campaign fuels our program... and we need your help.


Give What You Can

give from the 'artTo provide the programs our kids need to thrive and succeed, we need more than tax dollars can provide. Due to the California Department of Education and the Santa Barbara Unified School District matching grant agreement, VADA must raise one-third of its funding from the community every year. Our goal this year is to raise $100,000. That sounds like a lot, but if families and supporters give what they can, together we will make a difference in the lives of all VADA students. Every donation matters, so please give what you can.


VADA is a Special Place

As we transition into a new school year after unprecedented times, VADA students will need additional support. Your donation -- and with the encouragement of VADA faculty and staff -- we can continue to provide the unique VADA experience and help our kids’ dreams come true.


Your Donation Will

  • Provide art supplies
  • Fund the 9th-grade program (not supported by the State of California)
  • Underwrite student events such as the Spring Art Show and VADA Graduation
  • Provide administrative support for every student


One-time and monthly online donations are accepted. To make a donation by mail, send checks made payable to Friends of VADA to: PO Box 4426 Santa Barbara, CA 93140. Federal Tax ID #73-1646663


Donate Now

Please give what you can.


Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) requires the following statement:

California law and SBUSD board policies require that the donations used to fund school-related activities be truly voluntary. No student will be excluded from participating in any school-related activities because the student or their parents has not made a donation. Any suggested donation amount is also voluntary. If you choose to make a donation, you can make it any amount you deem appropriate. No donations will be returned to you if your child decides or is unable to participate in the program to which you donate.