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Progress continues on Santa Barbara High’s new VADA facility

By Kaitlyn Schallhorn | Thu May 12, 2022 | 2:06pm | Santa Barbara News Press

A new building for Santa Barbara High School’s Visual Arts & Design Academy is in the works.

As it’s imagined, the facility will include administrative office space as well as a conference room and two studio classrooms.

One design lab will be utilized for all digital design and photography — and be equipped to handle equipment like 3D scanners, industrial sewing machines, vinyl plotters and more — and the other will be a more traditional analog art studio, Daniel Barnett, the VADA program director, told the News-Press Wednesday.

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

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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