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.









$3 Mil.







Skaters high fiving grandmas


Hugs between people of different races, religions, ages, incomes


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The People of the MAH

Featured Team Member

Executive Director

Nina Simon

Nina Simon has led the MAH since 2011, with an emphasis on building community through participatory events, exhibitions, and projects. Nina is an internationally-recognized expert on active community participation in cultural institutions…
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Jamie Fun
Featured Team Member

Creativity Catalyst

Jamie Keil

Jamie Keil's passion is creating interactive projects and hopes to build a positive and innovative learning space where everyone can explore, play, create and have fun. Before this position, she worked for a non-profit after school company…
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Leo Fun
Featured Team Member

Guest Services 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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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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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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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


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.