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.









$3 Mil.







Skaters High Fiving Grandmas


Hugs Between Strangers


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The People of the MAH

Natalia Fun
Featured Team Member

Youth Programs Spark

Natalia Cortes

Natalia Cortes believes that people, especially young people, are what activate art and history. Coming from a background in community grassroots organizing, she believes that education should be people centered, not content centered. When…
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Administrative & Guest Services Spark

Stephanie Barron-Lu

Stephanie Barron Lu recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz. Her experience as a researcher in social psychology, intern within the restorative justice field and as a…
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Jeff Fun
Featured Team Member

Dialogue Catalyst

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan weaves 35 years as a Santa Cruz resident as a bilingual classroom teacher, social entrepreneur, meeting facilitator, graphic designer and community organizer. He founded the CommonLanguageProgram.com for safe schools offering…
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Sam Fun
Featured Team Member

Guest Services Coordinator

Sam Basinger

Sam Basinger is an art and 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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Director of Community Engagement

Stacey Marie Garcia

Stacey Marie Garcia holds a Masters in International Museum Studies from the University of Göteborg (Göteborg, Sweden) and a BFA in Photography and Art History from the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL). She has worked…
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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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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.