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

Leo Fun
Featured Team Member

Guest Experience Manager

Leonardo Cruz

Leonardo loves to people watch and put himself in others shoes in hopes of gaining new perspectives. At the MAH, Leonardo manages the Guest Experience team. Raised all over Mexico, Leonardo stumbled upon the MAH on a Free First Friday and…
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Featured Team Member

Director of Operations

Lis DuBois

Lis DuBois is a huge fan of community-based arts organizations. Lis received a Masters degree in Arts Administration from Boston University and a B.A. in Art History from Scripps College. She came to the MAH following several years at the…
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Ashley
Featured Team Member

Marketing & Brand Coordinator

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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Gabe Fun
Featured Team Member

Abbott Square Music Coordinator

Gabriel Kittle-Cervine

Gabriel Kittle-Cervine is a community arts organizer and lifelong local of Santa Cruz who has been active in the scene since the day he dropped out of college. After spending his Freshman year at Emerson College in Boston focusing on…
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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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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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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.