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

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The People of the MAH

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Featured Team Member

Director of Exhibitions & Programs

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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Guest Services Operations Coordinator

Laurel Maxwell

Laurel Maxwell is a Santa Cruz local who enjoys her work as an Igniter as she gets to listen to the stories of guests who visit the MAH. Her time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic made Laurel realize being part of a…
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Featured Team Member

Director of Operations & Facilities

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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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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Marketing & Brand Coordinator

Ashley Holmes

Ashley is a digital native, caption curator, and a real-life baller. (She was UC Santa Cruz’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2016 due to her performance on the Women’s Basketball Team.) Prior to the MAH, Ashley worked for the Santa Cruz…
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Featured Team Member

Development Director

Chance Decker

Chance grew up right here in Monterey Bay before heading to Southern California to pursue his education at Long Beach State. His professional career has allowed him to work with a variety of organizations from international industry…
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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.