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 2020-21 Annual Report.

Visitors

17,000

2011

95,000

2020

Budget

$700K

2011

$1.8 Mil.

2020

Events

25

2011

600

2020

The People of the MAH

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Featured Team Member

Events Coordinator

Leea Kramer

Leea Kramer (she/her) graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in the History of Art and Visual Culture. Before becoming Events Coordinator, she worked as a Guest Services Representative at the MAH and interned here for almost three years in…
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Featured Team Member

Guest Services Representative

Yvonne Feistman

Yvonne Feistman (she/her) had a short-lived retirement and is pleased to now be a part of the Guest Services team at the MAH. She has a life-long interest in art and artists, culture and history, and a passion for travel and museums. When…
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Preparator & Technical Coordinator

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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Director of Development & Communications

Nikki Patterson

Nikki Patterson (she/her) has 6 years of nonprofit and development experience in Santa Cruz as well as over 10 years of management and consulting work in the hospitality/food & beverage industry. Other professional attributes include…
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Featured Team Member

Education Coordinator

Oscar Paz

Oscar Paz (he/him) was born and raised in the land of eternal spring, Guatemala, and 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…
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Featured Team Member

Guest Services Representative

Madeleine Bennett

Madeleine Bennett (she/her) is currently in her final year at UCSC as an anthropology major. Community is very important to her and outside of the MAH she volunteers at the local women’s and family center. When she’s not working she enjoys…
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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.