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

Jeff Fun
Featured Team Member

Dialogue Catalyst

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan weaves 35 years as a Santa Cruz resident as a bilingual classroom teacher, social entrepreneur, meeting facilitator, graphic designer and community organizer. He founded the CommonLanguageProgram.com for safe schools offering…
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Sam Fun
Featured Team Member

Data & Operations Catalyst

Lex Klein

Lex Klein (fka Sam Basinger) is an art and design nerd with a passion for community engagement. He moved here from England to be in a place with more sun and more queer culture. Whenever possible, he spends his time working with textiles,…
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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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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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Helen By Mickey Ta
Featured Team Member

Intercultural Programs Coordinator

Helen Aldana

Helen Aldana is a hybrid between a balaenoptera musculus and sequoia sempervirens who enjoys creating safe and inspiring spaces. Helen received a BA in Art and Philosophy at the University of California Santa Cruz and is grateful to have…
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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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Our Storied History

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The Evolution of The MAH

From our humble beginnings in the 1950’s to the ignited space we are today, the MAH has adapted to meet the needs of the Santa Cruz community.

Dig into our history of partnerships, perseverance, and resilience, and discover how we morphed into an internationally renowned museum.

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.