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 Picture 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

Nina
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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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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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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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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Claudia Fun
Featured Team Member

Events Coordinator

Claudia Oblea

Claudia is the MAH's Events Coordinator.
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Elise Fun
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Brand & Community Experience Manager

Elise Granata

Elise Granata is a marketer, brand fanatic, and cheerleader for great storytelling. She's spent 10 years in the arts and social purpose organizations, working with dance companies and body-positive punk gyms alike. Elise is currently the…
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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.