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 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 people of different races, religions, ages, incomes

1,403

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The People of the MAH

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Featured Team Member

Director of Development & Partnerships

Jonathan Hicken

Academic turned entrepreneur turned community builder, Jonathan whips up unique recipes for Development at the MAH: one part rigorous academic investigation, one part startup growth, two parts passion for social justice & community.…
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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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Events Manager

Diana Kapsner

Diana is the MAH's Events Manager.
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Sam Fun
Featured Team Member

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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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

Facilities Manager

Kevin Coullahan

Kevin has over 20+ years of design and creative experience from West Marine and frog design. Kevin received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from San Jose State University. Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife, son and family…
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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.