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Santa Barbara High’s VADA to Build New Design Lab, Art Studio

Most of $6.5 Million Goal Has Been Raised

By Delaney Smith | Thu Jun 10, 2021 | 2:06pm | Santa Barbara Independent

Ben Weininger, an alum of the Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA) at Santa Barbara High, recalled the program as being the “underdog of the academies.” Though the academy changed his life and steered him in the right direction to build a successful company of his own, it was underfunded, he said, and many didn’t take the academy as seriously because of its arts focus.

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