About the MAH

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) is a thriving community gathering place that offers a full slate of art and history exhibitions, visual and performing artworks, public festivals, education and outreach programs, and cultural celebrations in collaboration with our many partners.

Our vision is to ignite shared experiences and unexpected connections that enrich our community.

To achieve that, our mission is to bring people together through art and local history to explore our diverse cultures. We are guided by the following values:

• Engagement & Collaboration
• Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility
• Innovation & Experimentation
• Excellence & Rigor
• Accountability, Integrity & Responsibility

Read MAH 2026, our latest strategic plan.

A portrait in numbers

These statistics paint an interesting picture of the MAH. Get the full view by reading our 2022-23 Annual Report.

Visitors

17,000

2011

85,000

2023

Budget

$700K

2011

$2.0M

2023

Events

25

2011

200

2023

The People of the MAH

Shanti Nagwani
Featured Team Member

Preparator

Shanti Nagwani

Shanti Nagwani (she/her) earned her BA in Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a public artist, painter, printmaker, muralist, henna artist, art instructor, and ceramicist. As a visual artist, Shanti provides a…
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Featured Team Member

Exhibitions Manager

Natalie Jenkins

Natalie Jenkins (she/her/they/them) received an MFA in Visual Art from the University of California, Riverside, after studying Fine Art and Craft with an emphasis on Woodworking at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. As a visual artist…
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Featured Team Member

Director of Operations & Facilities

Kevin Coullahan

Kevin Coullahan (he/him) has over 20+ years of design and creative experience from West Marine and frog design. Kevin received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from San Jose State University. Kevin enjoys spending time with his…
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Featured Team Member

Assistant Archives Coordinator, THI Fellow

Sebastian Zamora

Sebastian Zamora (he/him) is a fourth year History major and Classical Studies minor at UCSC. He is from a city in Los Angeles County named Pico Rivera where he was embraced in his Latine community which remains as a motivator for all his…
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Coury Jones
Featured Team Member

Assistant Education Coordinator, THI Fellow

Coury Jones

Coury Jones (they/them) is a fourth year at UC Santa Cruz majoring in History with a concentration in the Americas and Africa. They hail from right outside Yosemite National Park and grew up looking for tadpoles in the Merced River. They…
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Maddi Bennett
Featured Team Member

Guest Services Representative

Madeleine Bennett

Madeleine Bennett (she/her) received her BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she developed a passion for community development. She spends her free time reading, cooking, and volunteering with a local…
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Our History

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The Evolution of the MAH

From our humble beginnings to the dynamic space we are today, the MAH has adapted to meet the needs of Santa Cruz County.

Dig into our history of partnerships, perseverance, and resilience to discover how we became one of the country's most creative and forward-thinking community museums.

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.