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 Theory of Change

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.

Read our 2019-2020 Annual Report here.

A portrait in numbers

Kind of like paint-by-numbers, these statistics draw an interesting picture of the MAH. Get the full picture by reading our 2019-2020 Annual Report.

Visitors

17,000

2011

95,000

2020

Budget

$700K

2011

$1.8 Mil.

2020

Events

25

2011

600

2020

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The People of the MAH

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Archives & Library Coordinator

Wyatt Young

Wyatt's research interests include Public History, US Southern History, The Philippines, Transnational Museum Studies, Performative Identity and Representation in Professional Wrestling, History of The Grateful Dead, Phish Studies, Digital…
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Education Coordinator

Oscar Paz

Born and raised in the land of eternal spring, Guatemala, Oscar brings his passion for teaching to the MAH. Before coming to the MAH, Oscar was teaching Spanish here in Santa Cruz. During weekdays, you can catch him leading school tours…
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Membership Coordinator

Jenna Clancy

Jenna was born and raised in Los Angeles before heading to the University of Colorado Boulder for college. She graduated with a degree in Psychology and spent a decade exploring the Rockies before making her way to Santa Cruz. Her career…
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Marketing & PR Manager

Ashley Holmes

Ashley (she/her) is a digital native, caption curator, and a real-life baller. (She was UC Santa Cruz’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2016 due to her performance on the Women’s Basketball Team.) Prior to the MAH, Ashley worked for the…
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Director of Exhibitions & Programs

Marla Novo

Marla Novo earned a Master of Arts in Art History from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from UC Santa Cruz. She has over 25 years of experience curating exhibitions at non-profit institutions as well as at…
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Private Events Manager

Claudia Oblea

Claudia Oblea graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a bachelor's degree in Art and Psychology. During her time at the MAH, she leads Private Rentals and helps plan events from business gatherings to weddings and leads conversations around…
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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.