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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The VADA Draw 2021 :: 12 Days of the Draw

May 1 - May 12, 2021

Each year, original works of art are generously donated by professional and amateur artists, many from Santa Barbara, current VADA students, and talented VADA alumni. VADA has become more essential than ever during the pandemic, giving students artistic outlets and providing them with art materials, support and a space to help them process their feelings and cope in these uncertain times. Please join us in supporting VADA Students at Santa Barbara High.

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


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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 2020-2021 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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