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 Strangers

1,403

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The People of the MAH

Hannah
Featured Team Member

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Hannah Muse

Hannah is known for her profound devotion to WAKING UP to the sacred that permeates everything, her nurturing way of weaving ancient wisdom + transformational ritual into everyday living, her epic storytelling and sweet Bhakta voice that…
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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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Whitney Fun
Featured Team Member

Exhibition Catalyst

Whitney Ford-Terry

Whitney Ford-Terry received an MA in Museology from the University of Washington after studying Film and Philosophy at Humboldt State University. Whitney has had the opportunity to work in a variety of non-profits and museums including…
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Elise Fun
Featured Team Member

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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Ariel Fun
Featured Team Member

Exhibition Fabrication Catalyst

Ariel Rolfe

Ariel has been working as a designer/fabricator/preparator for museums and heritage centers since 2008. She grew up in Alaska and recently relocated to the area to work for the MAH. Making things is part of life for Ariel and it is a huge…
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Featured Team Member

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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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.