Tradart Big Show 2023

Santa Barbara County Education Office’s upper Auditorium 4400 Cathedral Oaks Road, Santa Barbara, 93110 Free Event All Public Welcome Thursday, May 11, 2023 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Awards announced at 6:30 PM Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place Awards Will Be Announced In The Following Categories: What To Expect The Santa Barbara […]

Big Show 2022

The “Big Show” as it is called for short had over 100 projects submitted to the competition.  A combined total of over 100 junior and senior high students from the Santa Barbara Unified School District Woodshop Classes participated and 80 parents and professionals attended the awards ceremony! The Big Show is a one day, open […]

The Big Show 2020

During this time of calamity, we hope you and your loved ones feel safe, secure, and cared for. We put the health of our community before all, so the plans we had for putting on our Annual Big Show have been cancelled. The Tools for Schools Program and our Career Day Program are also in […]

Paulo Sitolini Joins TRADART Foundation’s Board of Directors

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Paulo Sitolini, Chief Operating Officer of Hayward Lumber, will join the Board of Directors for TRADART Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of craftsmanship training for Santa Barbara junior high and high school students. Paulo is a leader in the local construction and tradespeople community and has been key […]

CTE Instructors Find Innovative Solutions for Distance Learning

In the way scientists are working on the cure for COVID-19 virus, the six Santa Barbara Unified School District CTE Building and Construction Pathway instructors spent long hours coming up with a joint plan for their distance learning program this school year 2020-2021.    Plans for a creative new school year  Online learning started on August 18 for the 800 Building and Construction […]

Voices from Local Essential Businesses on COVID-19

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, millions of jobs were lost or put on hold. With these times of instability, the construction industry has held on strong as an essential industry. Here are the perspectives of essential business managers in the Santa Barbara community.   Erwin Villegas, Frank Schipper Construction Co. Frank Schipper Construction Co. is […]

TRADART Team Members on Disney!

Caleb Chadwick and Bill Gourley, both TRADART Board members and Building and Construction Technology Instructors for the Santa Barbara Unified School District, had a great opportunity to promote CTE through one of the biggest media companies in the world! We are so happy our TRADART team members had this experience of a lifetime! Bill Gourley […]

A Message of Solidarity and Unity

During this time of calamity, we hope you and your loved ones feel safe, secure, and cared for. The Santa Barbara Unified School District is holding school on line, including the shop classes. We put the health of our community before all, so the plans we had for putting on our Annual BIG SHOW have […]

Upcoming Event: The Big Show 2019

TRADART Foundation is excited for “The Big Show” on May 22, 2019. This free event is open to the public and will feature a juried competition of junior and high school student’s woodworking projects.


The TRADART Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Santa Barbara that devotes itself to craftsmanship training and industry standards, believing that education needs to reflect the nobility and equality of both academic and vocational training studies. Founded in 2000, the foundation partners with the Santa Barbara Unified School District to help over 200 students each semester learn craftsmanship […]

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