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.

Un vistazo a los números

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

Visitantes

17,000

2011

148,000

2018

Presupuesto

$700K

2011

$3 Mil.

2018

Eventos

25

2011

800

2018

Patinetos chocándolas con abuelitas

229

Abrazos entre extraños

1,403

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The People of the MAH

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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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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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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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Hannah
Featured Team Member

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Hannah Muse

Hannah is known for her profound devotion to WAKING UP to the sacred that permeates everything, her nurturing way of weaving ancient wisdom + transformational ritual into everyday living, her epic storytelling and sweet Bhakta voice that…
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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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Featured Team Member

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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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.