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.

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.

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

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Featured Team Member

Graphics & Content Creator

Michaela Clark-Nagaoka

Michaela takes the scenic route through life which included earning her BA degree in three different locations: the east coast, southern California and on a boat in the Atlantic ocean. After graduating she moved back to her hometown of…
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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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Whitney Fun
Featured Team Member

Exhibitions & Projects Manager

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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Director of Development & Communications

Chance Decker

Chance grew up right here in Monterey Bay before heading to Southern California to pursue his education at Long Beach State. His professional career has allowed him to work with a variety of organizations from international industry…
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Jamie Fun
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Learning & Engagement Manager

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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Outreach 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.