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Art raffle to raise funds for the SBHS Visual Arts & Design Academy

“The Green Bird” by Pedro De La Cruz.

Original artworks donated by professional and amateur artists, local celebrities and talented graduates of Santa Barbara High School’s Visual Arts & Design Academy will be featured at The VADA DRAW: Art From the Heart on April 23 from 7-10 p.m Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art on the upstairs terrace on Paseo Nuevo.

During the event, ticket holders will be entered into a prize draw and will be able to choose a coveted work of art to take home.

This year’s VADA DRAW will bring the communities of VADA and Santa Barbara together for the benefit of the Academy for the first time in more than two years. These include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and music.

“Thanks to the incredible work of a dedicated team and contributing artists, community members can support a valuable community good, VADA, by arriving at an amazing party and leaving with a gift of art. It’s a huge win-win on an evening where we’ll be raising about a third of our budget,” said Daniel Barnett, VADA Director.

“I really appreciate the donations from our contributing artists. In my mind, they are the big brothers and big sisters who support our students and programs through their creative work. The beautiful result is a creative ‘home’ to outfit our aspiring artistic youth.”

According to Mr. Barnett, VADA DRAW helps fund art education for more than 300 artist students. “Studies have shown that art is not only a tool for expression and creativity, but it can also reduce anxiety, improve focus and self-esteem, and support mental health during times of stress.

“During this global pandemic, VADA and its teachers have been vital lifelines alongside excellent artistic and academic education by providing students with creative opportunities and a strong support system.”

“Sweet Hearts” by Rod Lathim.

Tickets, ranging from $50 to $500, include the following options:

— $150: Admission for two plus an art ticket.

— $115: Admission for one plus a ticket to the art.

— $75: Entry for one person and no art ticket.

– $50: Treat a VADA teacher to the event and no ticket to art.

You have to have that! $500 tickets allow buyers to choose their art Saturday at 10 a.m., plus entry for two to the party. You can pick up your art during the VADA party or it can be delivered to a local address in Santa Barbara the week after the event. Art selection instructions will be emailed to them.

The Visual Arts and Design Academy is a small learning community at Santa Barbara High School with approximately 225 students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. VADA is a unique “school-within-a-school” that integrates rigorous academic coursework with project-based, career-oriented art and design classes in a supportive and creative environment.

“The Carpinteria Estuary” by Jeremy Harper.

Since 1999, VADA has been a California Partnership Academy funded equally by the California Department of Education, the Santa Barbara Unified School District, and Friends of VADA, a nonprofit organization. There are currently more than 500 California Partnership Academies throughout California. The model, which originated with the Philadelphia Academies in the late 1960s, spread to California in the early 1980s.

The main components of the academy model are:

— A curriculum focused on a career theme and coordinated with related academic classes.

— Voluntary student selection process that identifies interested ninth graders.

—Team of teachers working together to plan and implement the program.

— Motivational activities involving the private sector to promote academic and professional preparation, such as B.: integrated and project-based curriculum, mentoring program, class speakers, field trips and exploration of post-secondary and professional options.

Ping Pong Paddle by Arron Seltzer.

— Workplace learning opportunities such as job shadowing, student internships and work experience.

The VADA Advisory Board/Steering Committee is composed of the following community members: Scott Anderson, Michelle Apodaca, Kyle Ashby, Tony Askew, Jeanette Chian Brooks, Tiffany Carson, Torrie Cutbirt, Casson Demmon, Crista Dix, Simon Dixon, Patsy Hicks, Maiza Hixon, Claudia Johnson Madrigal, Lety Garcia, Nathalie Gensac, Ulrike Kerber, Monika Molnar, Michael Ninness, John Ogilvie, John Rapp, Sarah York Rubin, Tom Stanley, Forest Stearns, Kai Tepper, Nathan Vonk, Somerset Walmsley and others

Margie Yahyahvi.

“VADA finds itself in one of the most exciting seasons of its 23-year history as we continue to develop and refine an already fantastic program. We are in the final stages of raising funds for a state-of-the-art facility designed to prepare students for the world of creative work and equip them with confidence for the future. We couldn’t be prouder of what we have to offer our city’s youth,” said Mr. Barnett.

“One thing that sets VADA apart is our very diverse student body by almost any criteria that could be used. We really reflect the make-up of our city and that’s important.”

Email: mmcmahon@newspress.com


The VADA DRAW: Art From the Heart will be held on April 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara on the top floor of Paseo Nuevo.

Visit www.vadasbhs.org/the-vada-draw for more information.

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