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

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Featured Team Member

Director of Exhibitions & Programs

Marla Novo

Marla Novo (she/her) 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…
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Miles Backer
Featured Team Member

Guest Services Representative

Miles Backer

Miles Backer (he/him) is a recent graduate from UCSC with a major in history and minor in anthropology, specializing in the ancient world and the concept of magic. He hopes to eventually curate historical wonders and inspire new ways of…
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Featured Team Member

Archives Specialist

Jessie Durant

Jessie Durant (she/her) earned her BA in History of Art and Visual Culture from UCSC and MLIS from San Jose State. She fell in love with the archival profession when she interned in the MAH archives during graduate school. She is excited…
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Luna
Featured Team Member

Curatorial Fellow

Luna HighJohn-Bey

Luna HighJohn-Bey (she/her) is a recipient of the Arts Administrators Pipeline Fellowship for 2024-25, a program funded by the Association of Arts Administration Educators and California Arts Council. Her work at the MAH focuses on…
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Maddi Bennett
Featured Team Member

Guest Services Coordinator

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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Rebecca Synder
Featured Team Member

Archives Assistant

Rebecca Snyder

Rebecca Snyder (she/her) is in her final year at UCSC studying Literature and History of Art and Visual Culture. Interested in how art and archival records shape our world and lived experiences, learning more about this at the MAH has been…
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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.