About the MAH

Welcome to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (the MAH), a place where there’s always something happening. All year long we host truly ‘only-in-Santa-Cruz’ events and exhibitions co-created with incredible community partners. The MAH is of, by, and for Santa Cruz County because our creative community ignites something new here every day.

Theory of Change

Our mission is to ignite shared experiences and unexpected connections.

To do this, we find, spark, preserve, and trade stories, ideas, and elements of creativity drawn from people across Santa Cruz County. We bring people together around art, history, and culture to build a stronger, more connected community.

A portrait in numbers

Kind of like paint-by-numbers, these statistics draw an interesting picture of the MAH.

Visitors

17,000

2011

148,000

2018

Budget

$700K

2011

$3 Mil.

2018

Events

25

2011

800

2018

Skaters high fiving grandmas

229

Hugs Between Strangers

1,403

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The People of the MAH

Maria
Featured Team Member

Guest Services Coordinator

Maria Walsh

Maria Walsh is from the Virgin Islands, where she was born and raised on the island of St. Croix. She received her BA from Hampshire College where she studied sociology and dance, focusing her final thesis on body politics and performance.…
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Claudia Fun
Featured Team Member

Private Events Manager

Claudia Oblea

Claudia is the MAH's Private Events Manager.
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Featured Team Member

Design Catalyst

Michaela Clark-Nagaoka

Michaela takes the scenic route through life which included earning her BA degree in three different locations: the east coast, southern California and on a boat in the Atlantic ocean. After graduating she moved back to her hometown of…
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Jamie Fun
Featured Team Member

Public Programs Manager

Jamie Keil

Jamie Keil's passion is creating interactive projects and hopes to build a positive and innovative learning space where everyone can explore, play, create and have fun. Before this position, she worked for a non-profit after school company…
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Interim Executive Director

Antonia Franco

Antonia has over 20 years of executive and management experience in nonprofits, philanthropy, and government. She has worked extensively on diversity, equity and inclusion; workforce development; strategic partnerships and community…
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Featured Team Member

Exhibitions Manager

Marla Novo

Marla Novo earned a Master of Arts in Art History from San Jose State University and a Bachelors of Arts in Art History from UC Santa Cruz. She has over 15 years of experience preserving and cataloging cultural artifacts. She’s curated…
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Work at the MAH

Join the crew behind Santa Cruz County’s most creative events, exhibitions, and partnerships. Check out job opportunities or apply to be a volunteer or intern today.