hill house montecitoSerious Play: The Making of Hill House Montecito

7PM - Thursday, May 9, 2024

With guest speakers Bruce Heavin, Silvia Perea, & Robin Donaldson, AIA        
A conversation facilitated by Les Firestein

Join us for a dynamic discussion about the power of integrating creativity, serious play and transdisciplinary collaboration. The creators of the Hill House will share how they worked together to break conventional boundaries in design.

Fé Bland Forum at Santa Barbara City College      
Free admission. RSVP required.

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VADATalks is an ongoing series of events featuring renowned guests from all professions discussing how art has inspired the work they do. The series is presented by VADA - The Visual Art & Design Academy of Santa Barbara High School. VADA integrates rigorous academic coursework with project-based, career-focused art and design instruction, in a supportive and creative environment.

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Santa Barbara High’s Visual Arts & Design Academy Debuts VADATalks

First Installment of New Lecture Series Touches on AI, Asteroids, and Being Creative in the Age of Advanced Technology

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Art, Design & Quantum Computing

7PM - Thursday, October 12, 2023

With guest speakers Robin Donaldson, AIA; Dr. Erik Lucero & Forest Stearns with Google Quantum AI                        
A conversation facilitated by Les Firestein

Fé Bland Forum at Santa Barbara City College

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vada student making artVADA is currently constructing a state-of-the-art campus with an integrated Design Lab and Art Studio. The new campus will provide the flexibility and space needed to prepare our creative and diverse community of students for their professional lives.

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