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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.