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

The People of the MAH

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

Director of Community Engagement

Stacey Marie Garcia

Stacey Marie Garcia holds a Masters in International Museum Studies from the University of Göteborg (Göteborg, Sweden) and a BFA in Photography and Art History from the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL). She has worked…
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Lauren Fun
Featured Team Member

OF/BY/FOR ALL Community Catalyst

Lauren Benetua

Lauren Benetua is an arts advocate and cultural worker with a background in community engagement and social justice. Lauren currently serves as the MAH's Community Catalyst for OF/BY/FOR ALL, where she coaches civic and cultural…
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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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Ariel Fun
Featured Team Member

Exhibition Fabrication Catalyst

Ariel Rolfe

Ariel has been working as a designer/fabricator/preparator for museums and heritage centers since 2008. She grew up in Alaska and recently relocated to the area to work for the MAH. Making things is part of life for Ariel and it is a huge…
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Featured Team Member

Archives & Collections Catalyst

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.