The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center


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

Recent Press

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

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

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

Take a Slow Adventure on the Central Coast (SFGate, 1 October 2013)

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

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

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

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

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

Santa Cruz welcomes spring with Holi Festival at MAH (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 30 March 2013)

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)

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

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

National Arts Marketing Project brings ideas to Charlotte (Charlotte Observer, 9 Nov 2012)

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

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

Second annual local TEDx conference addresses issue of openness (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 13 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)

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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

Radical Craft Night (Etsy, 10 November 2011)

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

Birth of a Wearable Art Ball (Good Times, 26 October 2011)

 DANM Artists Take over Museum (City Hill Press, 20 October 2011)

Museum of Art & History Scavenger Hunt to Give Teams a Look at Santa Cruz History (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 11 September 2011)

Into the Wood (Lisa Jensen blog, 7 September 2011)

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

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

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

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)

Memorial Day 2011: Remembering those who gave their all (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 31 May 2011)