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.

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 Picture in Numbers

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









$3 Mil.







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The People of the MAH

Sam Fun
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Guest Services Coordinator

Sam Basinger

Sam Basinger is an art & 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, listening to…
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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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Events Manager

Diana Kapsner

Diana is the MAH's Events Manager.
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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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Elise Fun
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Brand & Community Experience Manager

Elise Granata

Elise Granata is a marketer, brand fanatic, and cheerleader for great storytelling. She's spent 10 years in the arts and social purpose organizations, working with dance companies and body-positive punk gyms alike. Elise is currently the…
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Marketing & Brand Catalyst

Ashley Holmes

Ashley's passions include basketball, long scrolls through Instagram, and making her coworkers cappuccinos. Ashley comes to the MAH after 3 years of working for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA G League. Before that she played on the UC…
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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.