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Providing support, opportunity, and encouragement to help young artists in public junior high and high schools discover their potential.

Santa Barbara Art Association

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What We Do

We supplement art supplies in more than ninety art classrooms in the greater Santa Barbara area.

“Thank you for doing this for us. We really could not provide quality programs otherwise.” —Art Teacher, Santa Barbara High School

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What We Do

We fund event transportation for art students.

“Thank you so much for Portfolio Day! It was a lot of fun, really helpful and a great experience.” — Anna, High School Student

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What We Do

We sponsor student art shows.

Grandparent Portrait Shows

Online Art Shows:




Junior High Art Show

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What We Do

We provide support for individual art students and art teacher projects of merit.

“Thank you so much for your generosity and vision in helping these young people develop their visual skills…” — Art Teacher, Dos Pueblos High School

Art Grants

The Student Art Fund makes monetary grants to teachers for unique art related projects that would not be attempted without additional support.  Learn more.

How You Can Help

There are many ways you can help: by donating art supplies, by making a tax deductible cash donation, or by making a gift to our endowment fund. Donate.

Student Art Exhibitions

The Student Art Fund’s newest student art exhibit, the Drawing Show, features drawings by high school students in the Tri-Cities area. The works are selected by local art teachers and independently judged. The winning artwork is posted on this website, and exhibited as a traveling show that will circulate among local high schools in April, 2014.

Our online shows: the 2014 online photography, ceramics, jewelry, and junior high art shows will be posted on this website in May, 2014.

The next Grandparent Portrait Show will be held in the Spring of 2015.

What others say about us

Laura Wooster

The kids are so proud of their work being online. It’s a great way to show relatives, who may not be here, their work, and it’s so much fun for everyone to see what other schools are up to!

Laura WoosterArt Teacher, Santa Barbara High School
Diana Hemsley

Last year the Student Art Fund made it possible for all my students to paint on canvas for the first time. You have already made a difference for students with your contribution.

Diana HemsleyArt Teacher, Dos Pueblos High School

Our visit to Otis Art Institute for Portfolio Day was fun and inspiring. It definitely changed the way I look at art. We are so grateful to you for making this possible.

JuliaStudent, Dos Pueblos High School
Santa Barbara Mayor, Helene Schneider

Impressive! So much talent in our community from our youth showing their love for their elders. Kudos all!

Santa Barbara Mayor, Helene SchneiderAbout the Grandparent Portrait Show