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Here are links to recent articles about the MAH and its programs. If you are a reporter and would like to learn more about the MAH, please contact Elise Granata at or 831.429.1964 x7028

Check out a few recent highlights below. If you’re interested in a specific part of museum press, click below to jump to a section:

MAH | Exhibitions | History
Community Programs | Abbott Square


Recent Press & Highlights

Exhibit separates power from masculinity (Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 2015)

Making Furniture from Fungi (Scientific American, December 2015)

Pressing Rewind (Good Times, December 2015)


Business Model Case Study of the MAH (Culture Hive, October 2015)

What will this year’s 40 Under 40 Honorees Accomplish Next? (Silicon Valley Business Journal, August 2015)

Nina Simon: Silicon Valley 40 Under 40 Winner (Santa Cruz Tech Beat, August 2015)

Who Gives? (Good Times Santa Cruz, December 2014)

Can Punch Cards and Photo Booths Build Visitor Loyalty? (Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, October 2015)

Training Helps Get the Most Out of Santa Cruz County Volunteers (Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 2015)

Justin Hoover Moves to Santa Cruz Museum of Art (SOMA Arts Blog, June 2015)

Nina Simon: The museum of ‘and’ (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 2 November 2013)

Wallace Baine, Baine Street: Debate 2.0: The new MAH and its critics (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 12 October 2013)

‘Me to We Design’ Tips for Building A Successful Participatory Art Project (Public Art Review, August 2013)

A Night in the Museum (Santa Cruz Weekly, 16 July 2013)

Museum Directors are Listening to What (Nina) Simon Says (Monterey County Weekly, 3 July 2013)

Top 10 Things to Do With Kids in Santa Cruz  (San Jose Mercury News, 27 June 2013)

Innovator drives museum’s success (Santa Cruz Weekly, 19 March 2013)

Opening Up the Museum: A TEDxSantaCruz talk by MAH Director Nina Simon (video posted by TEDxSantaCruz, 6 Nov 2012)

Citizen Placemaker: Nina Simon on Museums as Community Hubs (Project for Public Spaces, 1 June 2012)

Staging a Turnaround: New MAH director has increased attendance, membership (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 3 January 2012)

Museum 2.0: Interview with Nina Simon (Good Times, 24 August 2011)

An Afternoon at the Smart Museum (Good Times, 10 August 2011)

The Museum of Art & History is now in the hands of internationally known innovator Nina Simon, while the community eagerly awaits what happens next (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 30 June 2011)


Exhibit separates power from masculinity (Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 2015)

Pressing Rewind (Good Times, December 2015)

Making Furniture from Fungi (Scientific American, December 2015)

Toy Train exhibit returns to Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (KSBW, December 2015)

Santa Cruz prepares to say goodbye to surfboards (Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 2015)

The Museum of Art & History pays respect to Santa Cruz’s wearable-art tradition in ‘Uncommon Threads’ (September 2015)

Year of the Dead Continues (, August 2015)

Santa Cruz Surfers Hit Waves With Replicas of Historic Boards (KSBW, July 2015)

Surfers Paddle Back in History at ‘Olo Hui Nala (Santa Cruz Waves, July 2015) – Feature and video on paddle out, surf demo and luau

How Surfing’s Valuable Artifacts Came to Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 2015)

Woodie Procession in Santa Cruz welcomes historic surfboards (Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 2015)

Hundreds witness homecoming of historic Hawaiian surfboards (Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 2015)

The Boom & Antarctica: Meet the woman making music from the sounds of the southernmost continent (Noisey, May 2015)

UCSC Dreamweavers Partner with Watsonville High (Santa Cruz Sentinel, February 2015)

Commentary, Just Add Water: An Ocean of Art’ – (Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 2015)

Individual Experience: MAH features one-on-one performances by Marie Caroline-Hominal (Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 2015)

Annual Santa Cruz Toy Train Exhibit Ends Season with a Flurry (Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 2014)

Everybody’s an Art Curator (The Wall Street Journal, October 2014)

The Museum of Art & History Wants Your Art (Hilltromper, October 2014)

Pop Up Museums in Santa Cruz (The Incluseum, August 2014)

A stunning new exhibition at the Museum of Art & History explores the rich psychic territory between identity and photography (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 28 March 2013)

Thomas Campbell captures the surf world’s creative spirit (Paper Magazine, January 2013)

Stacey Grant, Santa Cruz Stories: Seeing the Ordinary as Extraordinary (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 17 Sept 2012)

Artists and Craftspeople Gather at the Museum of Art & History to demonstrate the diverse art of working with metal (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 16 Aug 2012)

Find out what your neighbors collect at the Santa Cruz Collects exhibition (Untapped SF, 13 Aug 2012)

Love Your MAH:’Love Fest’ is the latest example of the Museum of Art & History redefining a museum’s role in its community (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 19 April 2012)

All You Need is Love: Unpredictable & Irresistible (UCSC Student Guide, spring issue)

Painting Slashed at Museum of Art & History (, 20 March 2012)

Beyond the Birdhouse: Santa Cruz Woodworkers lift wood into the realm of fine art (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 18 August 2011)

Street painter brings her version of 500-year-old painting to life in chalk at Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 30 July 2011)

‘Experience Clay’ offers workshops, activities, artists demonstrations (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 17 July 2011)


Two South County Homes Earn Historical Awards (Register-Pajaronian, May 2015)

Taste of History: Heritage Food Project traces Santa Cruz County history through recipes, crops (Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 2014)

Historic building and congregation honored at Blue Plaque unveiling (Register Pajaronian, 15 July 2013)

Restored, Refurbished: Homeless Volunteers Help Clean Up Historic Cemetery (Good Times, 17 January 2012)

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History honoring two researchers, local historians (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 4 January 2012)

A Haunting Tour of Evergreen Cemetery Spooks Locals (Patch, 30 October 2011)

Community Programs

Hot in Here (Good Times, October 2015)

Memorial Day Keeps Memories Alive in Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 2015)

Bike Week Kickoff at the MAH (Hilltromper, May 2015)

Cinco Celebration Benefits Davenport Resource Center (Santa Cruz Sentinel May 2015)

Day of the Dead at the Santa Cruz MAH 2014’ – (Santa Cruz Waves, November 2014)

Project: Flashlight’ Puts Some of the Most Powerful Man-made Lights Into the Hands of Artists” (Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 2015)

GLOW 2014: Camera, Action, Lights! (Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 2015)

Artists Set Santa Cruz Aglow with ‘Light and Fire’ (KQED, October 2015)

Beat Happening (Good Times Santa Cruz, August 2015)

Radical Movement (Good Times Santa Cruz, June 2015)

Santa Cruz Celebrates Día de los Muertos (City On A Hill Press, 28 November 2013)

Drawn to the flame: ‘GLOW’ turns downtown Santa Cruz into celebration of light, both primal and technological (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 16 October 2013)

Then and Now [Race Through Time 2013] (Good Times, 24 September 2013)

Art market bridges community, Santa Cruz artists (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 6 July 2013)

Santa Cruz’s Bicycle Culture Celebrates its Artistic Side for First Friday (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 3 May 2012)

The Museum of Art & History Becomes a Showcase for Santa Cruz’s Burgeoning Subculture of Fire Artists (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 15 March 2012)

Playing with Fire (Good Times, 14 March 2012)

Multimedia Celebration of Music at the Museum of Art & History (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 16 February 2012)

Radical Craft Night (Etsy, 10 November 2011)

Abbott Square

Santa Cruz’s Abbott Square Plans Seeking Public Approval (Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 2015)

Cultural groups use public spaces with free performances to connect their communities (OC Register, August 2015)

‘’Beacon’ to be unveiled  (Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 2015)

The unveiling of the new look at Abbott Square is the first part of a year-long transformation (Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 2015)

Santa Cruz Squared (Good Times Santa Cruz, June 2015)

Chamber gets bird’s eye perspective of Abbott Square (Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 2015)

Santa Cruz Museum Offers Glimpse of Abbott Square (Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 2015)

Santa Cruz museum hopes to finish Abbott Square redux by 2016 (Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 2015)

New Ambitions: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History plans to enhance community programs, turn Abbott Square into cultural landmark (Santa Cruz Sentinel and San Jose Mercury News, 5 August 2012)


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