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Opening Doors. Creating Space. A Case for Support



Contents Who We Are....................................................................... 02 Guiding Principles........................................................ 05 History.....................................................................................06 Who We Serve................................................................ 08 What We Believe............................................................ 10 What We Do........................................................................ 12 Core Narratives ...............................................................15 Milestones & Highlights.......................................... 16 What Sets Us Apart................................................... 22 Cultural Vibrancy.......................................................... 28 Financial Health.............................................................. 30 Today’s MAH...................................................................... 32 Why Support Us?.......................................................... 37 How to Engage................................................................. 38 Leadership.......................................................................... 40 Partnerships....................................................................... 41

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Who We Are 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.

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We maintain a permanent collection

In other gallery spaces, the MAH features

of regionally significant art and artifacts,

cross-disciplinary exhibitions of

a research library, historical archive, and

contemporary artwork curated around

historic sites including the Evergreen

themes important to the local community.

Cemetery, Octagon Building, and

We strive for a balance between

Davenport Jail. More than 2,000 K-12

participatory, community-generated content

students visit the museum annually

and professionally curated exhibitions

to learn about art and history.

featuring work from regional, national,

At the MAH, local historians join community members on volunteer committees to preserve and promote Santa Cruz County history, producing two books per year and an online journal. We collect and highlight unheard stories from the many people who

and world-renowned artists. We are now one year into our museum without walls initiative, for which we are producing a series of public events, site-specific installations, and social interventions in outdoor spaces throughout the county.

made Santa Cruz—including farmworkers

With support from our collaborators and

and fishermen, the Amah Mutsun Tribe,

new partnerships yet to be formed, we

and immigrants from around the world—

look forward to upholding our reputation

in our History Gallery and podcast. We

as one of the most creative and forward-

also offer fellowship opportunities and

thinking community museums in the country,

an annual “Distinguished Historian” award.

while remaining true to our roots and the community whose vision we represent.

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Guiding Principles The following ideas and principles were developed by a team of community stakeholders in 2021. They represent the aspirations we hold, the purpose we serve, and the beliefs we share: Our Vision To ignite shared experiences and unexpected connections that enrich our community.

Our Mission To bring people together through art and local history to explore our diverse cultures.

Our Values • Engagement & Collaboration We deliver interactive, educational, and entertaining opportunities through our numerous partnerships, encouraging participation in the creative and learning process. • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility We respect individuals from all backgrounds and identities, with diverse life experiences, and acknowledge our connectedness, commonalities, and shared humanity. • Innovation & Experimentation We challenge assumptions, explore various perspectives, and test new ideas to create experiences that are bold, unconventional, and thought-provoking. • Excellence & Rigor We pride ourselves on professionalism, artistic excellence, historical accuracy, and meaningful social impact. • Accountability, Integrity & Responsibility We recognize that transparency and careful stewardship of resources are essential to our operations, and cultivate an empowered workforce and board that share this fiscal responsibility.

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History The year 2021 marked 25 years since the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History officially came into existence—the result of the 1996 merging of the Santa Cruz Historical Society (founded in 1954) and the Art Museum of Santa Cruz County (founded in 1981).

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In fact, our story dates back even further to

The years 2020 and 2021 presented challenges

the mid-1980’s, when the two organizations

like never before, between the COVID pandemic

joined forces to build a center for art, history,

and California wildfires. It has been a time to

and community in downtown Santa Cruz. With

reflect on our values—both as a society, and as

support from the McPherson family, local

an organization. At the MAH, we looked inward,

donations, and a federal grant following the

assessed our strengths, and planned the steps

1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the ribbon was

we will take to ensure our best service to the

cut on the new McPherson Center in 1993 before

community in this time of extraordinary change.

the groups officially merged in 1996 to form the Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, or the MAH as we are known today.

It is a new era for the MAH and Santa Cruz County. We look forward to your partnership in the journey ahead.

Among our major accomplishments of the past decade have been to unite a wide spectrum of partners around the “participatory museum” concept, in which

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community members co-create exhibitions about important issues. We also introduced Abbott Square Market—a food and beverage marketplace on the ground floor of the former county jail—and revitalized Abbott Square itself into a vibrant public plaza that serves as a hub for year-round creative happenings. Now, moving forward under the leadership of executive director Robb Woulfe, we will carry the MAH’s strong outreach tradition forward, while ensuring that our exhibitions and programming are not only relevant, responsive to, and representative of our diverse community, but also of high artistic merit and research value. We will do this by producing and cultivating meaningful, place-based work that animates and enlivens the MAH as well as public spaces throughout Santa Cruz County.

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The MAH serves all who live, work, and play in broader Santa Cruz County, irrespective of age, income, culture, creed, gender, or language. We are a community museum dedicated to serving our community, no matter who you are or what you believe. In recent years we have observed that some people are less likely to visit the museum than others. Our guests should reflect the diversity of the county, and so we have made and continue to make special efforts to reach out to and offer relevant programming to empower and engage specific groups, including people of color, low-wage laborers, DREAMers, senior citizens, foster and LGBTQ+ youth, and Salinas Valley farmworkers. Undertaken in a spirit of inclusiveness and bridgebuilding, we believe this helps to grow a stronger and more connected community, in keeping with our mission.

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Still, we feel it is important to emphasize that

use our space. For those who are new to art

the MAH is for everyone—whether you are a

and history, we offer access points and

history buff, art aficionado, or all-around curious

educational materials, in both English and

person. We are for students of all ages,

Spanish, to help you understand and appreciate

teachers and professors, parents and families,

all that the MAH has to offer.

storytellers and listeners, performers, poets, and spectators—and every other cultural enthusiast or creative individual we did not mention. We serve visitors, new residents, and those who have called Santa Cruz County home for generations. We also strive to benefit local artists through commission opportunities as well as exposure and exchange with regional, national, and international artists. We are here as a resource for our collaborators and partnering institutions, whether that takes the form of co-presentations or a simple offer to

An underlying tenet of MAH programming is accessibility, an ethos reflected in the numerous free events, pay-what-you-can admission, affordable ticket pricing policy, membership discounts, and broad geographic reach. We have been working to expand our sphere of influence even further through pop-up installations and cultural experiences beyond our downtown nucleus. Our aim is to reach people wherever they may be, inspiring wonder and delight in unexpected spaces throughout the community.

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What We Believe We believe art and history have the power to captivate and delight, to heal and inspire, to shed light on who we are and who we aspire to be. Through them, we can forge unexpected connections and strengthen our community.

We believe that every person has a right to engage with creative and educational experiences on their level, no matter who they are—from our most dedicated museum visitor to the person who takes part in a pop-up experience from the

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MAH in their own neighborhood.

We believe the MAH should be a welcoming, comfortable space. Every decision we make is guided by that principle, and we continue to learn, grow, and evolve to make sure it is true for all people.

We believe there should be something to inspire each and every one of you— whether you have chosen to take on the mantle of social justice, hope to learn about regional history, or simply appreciate a transformative piece of art. This is our MAH, and it should be for all of us.

We believe in collaboration as a core operating tenet. Together with our partners, collaborators, donors, and volunteers, we can produce exhibitions and experiences that are relevant and enlightening for a broad spectrum of our diverse community.

Our vision for the future is inclusive, accessible, meaningful, and exciting. We believe it is something we can all get behind, and that the roadmap we have developed will get us there.

We believe that together we can make this vision a reality.

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What We Do

The MAH offers a wide array of programs and activities for the community. To clarify and guide our programming moving forward, we developed the following framework.

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Exhibitions

Limited Series

Now offered online and onsite, our rotating

This is our program of ticketed lectures,

exhibitions feature commissioned, co-created,

concerts, and performances featuring

and presented works by local, national,

homegrown and visiting talent, which we

and international artists, as well as artwork

present in partnership with local collaborators.

and objects from our collection. Many are collaborations between the MAH and the community; others are organized by our visionary team of curators.

Biennial Festivals

Community Celebrations The MAH is proud to have a large and diverse group of partners who spearhead this series of events and activities celebrating local culture, heritage, and tradition.

Our new festivals showcase the MAH as a museum without walls through large-scale sculptures, site-specific installations, social interventions, and live performances outdoors and in. These are curated around established themes with the aim of uniting community through a shared sense of wonder and awe.

Education Program Our robust education program includes a variety of learning opportunities—from field trips, artist talks, guided tours, art camps, and hands-on classes to virtual learning—designed to enhance understanding of our exhibitions among all audiences, from school groups to visiting guests.

Outreach Program We also offer engagement opportunities beyond the physical space of the MAH that include pop-up events, mobile exhibitions, community speaker programs, and other activities both offsite and online.

Special Events These are our fundraisers and “friend-raisers” that we host throughout the year as a way to raise dollars and awareness for the MAH.

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Core Narratives Because so much of our work is developed through the lens of community and public benefit, we have identified core issues that are important to local citizens as a way to help us consciously embrace how art and history can integrate with and impact community life. These areas of focus emphasize our sense of place, local identity, and collective history. Also seen as our spheres of impact, they help guide how programs and initiatives at the MAH are developed, curated, and organized, creating opportunities for cultural practitioners to collaborate, inspire, and elicit creative solutions that can result in deep and lasting change. They include: • Health & Wellness: Mental health, holistic healing, art and wilderness therapy. Access to care, building community, focusing on the needs of our most vulnerable. Connecting communities and resources. • Environmental Justice & Creative Ecologies: Exploring the places where culture and environment intersect—sea level rise, natural resources, climate change, and equity. Interdisciplinary strategies to negotiate environmental issues. • Memory & Place: Looking back to look forward. Heritage, culture, and tradition. Movement, migration, and place. Institutional and collective memory. Storytelling. • Regenerative Design & Cultural Activism: Creation over consumption. Biomimicry, working with and through the land. Art that gives back—a tool for restoration, renewal, or revitalization. Advocating for long term public interest. • Joy & Beauty: Experiences that provide space to pause and imagine. Relief, reflection, escape. Stillness. Uncanniness. Consideration of the unknown. Inspiring wonder and awe.

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Milestones & Highlights Here are some of the key events that helped to shape the MAH into the institution we are today: 1954 - The Santa Cruz Historical Society is founded.

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1972 - The Santa Cruz County Historical Museum opens at the renovated Octagon Building at the corner of Front and Cooper Streets.

1989 - The Loma Prieta earthquake levels much of downtown Santa Cruz, but the concrete jail building is not damaged. Planning resumes for the cultural center, now re-envisioned as a new structure next to the old jail.

1981 - The Art Museum of Santa Cruz County is founded, and Robert MacDonald is appointed as the first director in 1982. The museum holds exhibits at the downtown Santa Cruz Public Library and other venues.

1990 - Exhibition highlight: Designs for

1983 - Exhibition highlight: Stephen De Staebler: An Exhibition of Recent Bronzes

resumes led by a generous gift from the

1986 - The Friends of the Octagon unite with the Santa Cruz County Society for Historical Preservation to form the Octagon Historical Trust, which then merges with the Santa Cruz Historical Society to create the Santa Cruz County Historical Trust.

from many local supporters.

1986 - Exhibition highlight: David Hockney, lithographs 1988 - Santa Cruz County gives the former jail building at 725 Front Street to the Historical Trust and Art Museum for a future downtown cultural center. A capital campaign commences to fund renovations. CASE FOR SUPPORT 2022

Independent Living, a MoMA traveling exhibition 1990 - Federal and state money becomes available for the new structure. Fundraising McPherson family along with donations

1992 - The groundbreaking ceremony is held for the new McPherson Center for Art & History at 705 Front Street. 1993 - The historic Davenport Jail opens as a museum, operated by the Historical Trust. 1993 - The Art Museum of Santa Cruz County and the History Museum of Santa Cruz County, operated by the Historical Trust, move into their shared space at the McPherson Center.



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1993 - Exhibition highlight: Paper Trails: Abstract Expressionist Prints

2003 - Exhibition highlight: El Rio/The River: Artist’s Impressions

1994 - Exhibition highlight: Myth and Magic: Oaxaca Past and Present

2004 - Exhibition highlight: Another Side of Ansel Adams: Santa Cruz and Beyond

1994 - The first Santa Cruz County History Journal is published.

2005 - Exhibition highlight: The True Artist is an Amazing Luminous Fountain: Selected Works from the di Rosa Preserve of Art & Nature

1995 - Exhibition highlight: Margaret Rinkovsky: The Odyssey Landscapes Reconsidered 1996 - The two museums merge into one organization as the Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, or “the MAH” for short. 1996 - Chuck Hilger is appointed the first director of the MAH, having previously served as director of the Art Museum of Santa Cruz County since 1985. 1996 - Exhibition highlight: Howard Ikemoto: Chi/A Family Divided 1997 - Exhibition highlight: Time and Place: Fifty Years of Santa Cruz Studio Ceramics 1998 - Exhibition highlight: Belle Yang: A Chinese-American Odyssey 1999 - Exhibition highlight: When Borders Migrate 2000 - Exhibition highlight: Happy Birthday, Santa Cruz County! Celebrating 150 Years

2005 - Publication highlight: The Sidewalk Companion to Santa Cruz Architecture by John Leighton Chase 2006 - Exhibition highlight: Cuentos y Encuentros, paintings by Ray Martín Abeyta 2007 - Exhibition highlight: Close to the Flame: In the Spirit of Burning Man 2008 - Exhibition highlight: Around the Kitchen Table, art and artifacts from the permanent collection 2008 - The Evergreen Cemetery Preservation Ad Hoc Committee is established to support the stewardship of the historical site. 2009 - Exhibition highlight: Eduardo Carrillo: Within a Cultural Context 2010 - Exhibition highlight: Surf City Santa Cruz: A Wave of Inspiration 2011 - Nina Simon is appointed director.

2001 - Exhibition highlight: Chinatown Dreams: The Photographs of George Lee

2011 - Exhibition highlight: Rydell Visual

2002 - Exhibition highlight: Simply Scene: The California Paintings of Herman Struck

2012 - The organization changes its name

2002 - Publication Highlight: Santa Cruz County History Journal Number 5: A gathering of voices: the native peoples of the Central California Coast 2003 - Paul Figueroa is appointed director.

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Art Fellows

to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. 2012 - Exhibition highlight: Joan Brown: Meditations on Love 2012 - Festival highlight: Inaugural year of GLOW, a festival of fire and light




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2013 - Exhibition highlight: Santa Cruz

2019 - Exhibition highlight: We’re Still Here:

is in the Heart

Stories of Seniors and Social Isolation

2014 - The James Irvine Foundation

2020 - Robb Woulfe is appointed director.

awards the museum $1.1 million to focus on diversifying community participation 2014 - The James Irvine Foundation awards the museum a transformative grant of $1.1 million to focus on diversifying community participation. 2014 - Publication highlight: Santa Cruz County History Journal Number 7: Redwood logging and conservation in the Santa Cruz Mountains: a split history 2014 - A Chinese memorial gate is installed at Evergreen Cemetery to honor Santa Cruz’s early Chinese immigrants. 2014 - Exhibition highlight: Making It: Chicano Artists from the Mexican Museum Collection 2015 - Exhibition highlight: Princes of Surf 2015 - Festival highlight: Inaugural year of the Día de los Muertos celebration in collaboration with Senderos 2016 - Exhibition highlight: Screaming Hand 2017 - A renovated Abbott Square opens on the museum’s doorstep, replete with commissioned artworks, gardens, public seating, and a new food hall.

2020 - Exhibition highlight: Queer Santa Cruz opens as the MAH’s first virtual exhibition. 2021 - The MAH celebrates its 25th anniversary since the two museums merged in 1996. 2021 - Exhibition highlight: In These Uncertain Times, a project about the creative resilience of Santa Cruz County’s response to COVID-19 and the systemic injustices it has revealed 2021 - Exhibition highlight: RedBall Project by Kurt Perschke 2021 - Exhibition highlight: The Art of the Santa Cruz Speed Wheel 2021 - Festival highlight: Inaugural year of Frequency, a biennial festival of light, sound, and digital culture 2021 - Exhibition highlight: Ocean of Light: Submergence by Squidsoup 2022 - Exhibition highlight: Rydell Visual Art Fellows 2022 - Exhibition highlight: Strange Weather, in collaboration with the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at UC

2017 - Exhibition highlight: Lost Childhoods:

Santa Cruz and Jordan Schnitzer Family

Voices of Santa Cruz County Foster Youth

Foundation

2018 - Exhibition highlight: California’s

2022 - Festival highlight: Inaugural year

Wild Edge: Prints by Tom Killion

of CommonGround, a biennial festival of

2018 - Publication highlight: Santa Cruz

place-inspired, outdoor work

County History Journal Number 9: LandScapes

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What Sets Us Apart Eclecticism The MAH is one of a kind, embracing all

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that is wild, weird, and wonderful. It’s what keeps our visitors coming back, wondering what we will come up with next. In that way we are a reflection of Santa Cruz County, for our community is not just one thing—it’s academic, and full of outdoor

We approach our work with a sense of humor, perspective, and balance, grounded in deep, thoughtful reflection on what our community needs and wants. We love what we do and pour ourselves into it. We seek out knowledge and consider diverse views, then tackle our work from an informed place with an open mind and adventurous spirit.

adventure seekers. It is hard-working,

The result is, well, the MAH—that homey,

multilingual, quirky, and fun-loving. The

boundary-pushing, happy, energized space

people of Santa Cruz are concerned with

that animates the heart of downtown

social justice and environmental equity. We are forward-thinking, fans of contemporary art, and lifelong learners fascinated by how our past informs our present. The MAH interprets art and history through many lenses. We commission, co-create, and present projects that employ visual art, performance, film, digital media, and social practice to transform public space, both indoors and out.

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Santa Cruz, where people intersect, connect, and thrive. Where you can grab a coffee, meet up with friends for happy hour, check out an exhibition, or get creative yourself. Where you can read books in Spanish, listen to a local band, learn about our shared history, or contemplate a perspectiveshifting work of art. We measure our success by our ability to meet each and every one of our guests— whether in time, place, or thought.


Transcendent Art & History The MAH’s innovative approach juxtaposes contemporary art and culture with historic preservation—not only highlighting present narratives, but also past events and views from which they evolved or diverged. Our exhibitions generally feature creative interpretations alongside historic artifacts and ephemera, in a way that deepens understanding of both and serves as a springboard for further reflection. An example is our recent exhibition, In These

enlightening experiences and inspiring spaces here in our own community. Moving forward, we have been planning additional ways to expand and connect with our world community—by holding panel discussions with thought-leaders, curating work by renowned national and international artists, and joining conversations about the state of art and humanities today. All of our work is grounded in culture and

Uncertain Times, which placed original,

creativity. We embrace how art and history can

community-sourced artwork about the

integrate with and impact community life, by

COVID-19 pandemic within the historical

strengthening our sense of place, local identity,

context of the 1918 influenza in Santa Cruz.

and collective history.

The MAH is very much about social and ecological justice—concerns that are reflected in our core narratives, and much of

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our programming. To curate exhibitions around important issues, we reach out to the people who know about or are affected by them. We invite original art and stories as a way to acknowledge, honor, and amplify the voices of those less often heard. These co-created exhibitions are at the heart of the “participatory museum” that the MAH famously pioneered over the last decade. Examples include two ongoing projects: Lost & Found: The CZU Lightning Complex Fire Project and Kincentricity, an Indigenous community garden project with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. The MAH also recognizes that aesthetic experience wields a tremendous power to inspire and delight in and of itself, and does not always need to be issue-driven or require a call to action. Thus we also embrace “art for the sake of art,” seeking out the most exciting, interesting, thoughtful projects the global art world has to offer, in order to provide SANTA CRUZ MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY


Self-Reflection At the MAH we understand that self-reflection is a crucial step towards growing, and we embrace it wholeheartedly. By reflecting on our successes and failures, we make sure to move forward in ways that will benefit our community, even as our community changes. We also know that self-reflection is useless in a vacuum, so we do our best to listen to the community we serve. We use surveys, interviews, and first-hand observations to ensure our efforts are having their intended effects, and that our guests have meaningful experiences. We continue to fine-tune what we do using what we learn from you, our board, our partners, and staff.

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We recently completed MAH 2026, a strategic plan that will serve as our roadmap for continued growth over the next five years. Together with our stakeholders, we brainstormed strategies, goals, and benchmarks by which to assess our progress. Each year we will reflect on what worked and what we need to do better, then use what we learn to refine our plans for the coming year. We are still learning. We know we have room to improve, and we welcome your feedback. In short, we are committed to serving our diverse community, and to changing and growing along with it. We will do that by embracing a culture of openness, listening to our guests, reflecting on our progress, and being willing to evolve. In this way we remain relevant to all who live in and visit Santa Cruz County, now and in the future.

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Museum without Walls

Today, we are excited to take our museum

In the 1980s, our founders used the phrase

throughout broader Santa Cruz County

“museum without walls” to describe what would later become the MAH. At the time it was a temporary solution to the challenge of finding a permanent home, which at one point took the form of a mobile “Art Box” until the museum opened at its present location in 1993. That spirit of a museum without walls still thrives today, albeit in various forms. In a physical sense, Abbott Square was a major and momentous step out into the community, bringing experiences of art and culture into a comfortable public space while at the same time revitalizing our downtown center into a hub of activity. Our outdoor square and food market not only spark opportunities for

without walls into unexpected public spaces through a series of public sculptures, pop-up experiences, historical interpretations, and other activations. By doing so we will meet people wherever they are, especially those who don’t make it downtown regularly. We will harness the power of art, history, and creativity to promote place identity, community livability, and civic engagement— all vital to our creative economy. The MAH is without walls in another sense too, in that we take great pains to make sure that all of our spaces are welcoming and inclusive for all people, no matter who you are or what you believe.

interaction, but also infuse vibrancy and economic vitality into Santa Cruz by drawing locals and visitors to our downtown center.

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Community Collaboration The MAH has long worked to unite community, engaging a broad spectrum of individuals, groups, and organizations, and sometimes boasting as many as 2,000 partners on a project. Collaboration is fundamental to what we do. We are humbled and honored to have such a committed group of partners. Our work would not be possible without your support. To the individual donors, volunteers, collaborators, philanthropic organizations, state and federal agencies, and private funders—we thank you. We are actively working to strengthen and grow our current partnerships through deep, meaningful collaborations. We continue to establish new partnerships and reconnect

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with past partners with whom we’ve not engaged recently. We are proud of the MAH—not only of where we are now, but of our colorful, grassroots past, and our promising future. We are eager to hear what you think, and to share our plans with you. Our hope is that you will be as excited as we are to build a new future together.

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Together with our partners in the creative sector, the MAH plays a key role in nurturing cultural vibrancy in Santa Cruz County and beyond. We see this as encompassing two interconnected spheres—economy and society. First, the MAH is part of and contributes to the creative economy, which is one of the largest industry clusters in our state. In California alone, the creative industries support 2.68 million jobs, $209.6 billion in labor income, and $650.3 billion in annual output. This involves not only the arts, media, and design, but creativity itself as a strategy for innovation. Creative practice invigorates the entrepreneurial ecosystem and is ultimately a driver of economic development. At the same time, art and history experiences benefit society by promoting livability—the quality of life that a community offers its residents and guests. A catalyst for reflection and inspiration, creative practice invites engagement and collaboration. It fosters pride in place and helps nurture a community’s identity. It also provides economic opportunity for artists, designers, writers, performers, and other members of the creative sector. Our work to enhance cultural vibrancy centers

community, invites visitor participation, and ensures we remain attractive and relevant in these rapidly changing times.

Community Belonging Cultivating a sense of belonging contributes to healthy, meaningful lives and safe, inclusive neighborhoods. When we encourage culture and identity to flourish, civic participation increases. MAH programming animates our museum, historic sites, and public spaces in a way that honors our diverse cultures and histories and encourages interaction and community building. We engage people to collaborate around art and history; create spaces for encounter, dialogue, and social cohesion; and build individual and collective capacity to sustain resilient communities.

on the following:

Social Connectedness

Placekeeping

Connectedness is key to growing a sense of

Similar to the placemaking movement in

belonging, and the experiences we craft around

community development, placekeeping

it encourage people to come together, interact,

recognizes and celebrate a community’s

and engage in mutual value creation by exchanging

existing cultural identity, history, and people

knowledge and information. Residents who are

through artistic and historical interpretation.

engaged become invested in the MAH and one

Not only do the MAH’s exhibitions, festivals,

another. This builds the public value and perception

and programs encourage both localism and

of the organization, while contributing to the

tourism, they invest in our cultural profile

community’s social and economic wellbeing

in a way that enriches the lives of our local

overall.

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Financial Health

The MAH has been working diligently to diversify our funding portfolio and expand our base of support despite the toll the COVID-19 closures have taken on us and the global cultural sector.

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We took and continue to take actions

are aligned with our programs and artistic

designed to ensure financial sustainability

development.

now and in the future. In the short term, we reduced staff numbers and have been actively pursuing relief funding opportunities including grants, small business loans, and assistance programs focused on capacity-

Over the coming years, the MAH will revise its budget to allocate a greater percentage of resources to critical areas including creation and content development,

building, resilience, and recovery.

promoting revenue-generating activities,

For the long term, we have been working

efficient operations. We have already

to strengthen our business model with

shifted our previous, payroll-heavy

financial strategies that include striking

allocation into one more focused on the

a realistic balance between earned and

goods and services needed for quality

contributed revenue, shoring up cash flow,

program delivery, marketing impact, and

expanding our resources, and broadening

infrastructure improvements, and we will

our base of support.

continue to scale these to new operating

Our efforts toward resource development

and prioritizing initiatives that support

budgets aligned to industry benchmarks.

include re-engaging past donors and

Although our financial continuity has been

supporters and introducing new revenue

challenged due to the pandemic, we remain

streams, with particular attention to

optimistic, hopeful, and committed to serving

opportunities for income growth that

our community.

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Today’s MAH Today’s MAH is an innovative, collaborative, participatory organization that is open and responsive to our changing community. We are organized, efficient, and ready to take on the future. Over the past year, museum stakeholders, board members, and staff came together to write MAH 2026, a strategic plan that will serve as our roadmap for continued growth over the next five years. Building on what have we learned in our 25 years as an organization, it ensures excellence in exhibitions, programs, collections, and publications. It introduces new initiatives we believe will deepen our impact on individual lives, improve the wellbeing of our community, and ensure equity and vitality through diversity and inclusivity. It also strengthens staff and governance, increases our base of support, and sets the MAH on a strong financial and organizational course.

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Here are some of the approaches we use to

In these ways we also ensure that the MAH

grow creative capacity, competitive advantage,

offers something for everyone—from those

and cultural vibrancy:

who find their way to Abbott Square for food,

• Articulating narratives that represent the beliefs, values, and ideals of Santa Cruz County to guide our programming • Launching a biennial festival series to connect and inspire patrons and guests in and around the MAH and County • Unveiling temporary public artworks that invite engagement and interaction while creating a draw to our civic spaces

drink, and creative happenings; to those who enter the exciting world of art and history that is the MAH itself; to those who don’t get downtown often but still appreciate their world transformed by public art, or the enlightenment of an educational experience. We believe the MAH can be all of those things—at once a space to communicate needs, perspectives, and ideals as it is a place to be awestruck by an exceptional work of art or insightful revelation about our past.

• Creating new artistic work and cultural content in addition to preserving and presenting our collections • Designing virtual activities that invite online interaction to serve our community during and after the pandemic

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• Investing in local artists, historians, and creative practitioners via commissions, residencies, space, and resources • Encouraging a shift toward regenerative economy within our community to capitalize on opportunities • Building support for citizen artists and storytellers to increase involvement in creativity and cultural exchange • Committing to accelerating diversity and equity in our cultural workforce and leadership pipeline • Collaborating with other cultural organizations to strengthen our mutual impact • Engaging in the global conversation by connecting local and regional initiatives to broader contexts SANTA CRUZ MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY


The MAH has long been an industry leader, distinguished by our trailblazing programs and interdisciplinary approach to community building. Today we expand upon that tradition through meaningful, place-based work that animates, enlivens, and enriches Santa Cruz County, while upholding and furthering our reputation as a cultural and social innovator. Our vision for the future is bold, inclusive, and achievable. It supports the arts, culture, and creativity but flies above and beyond to impact issues important to all of us, helping to create the kind of community one might envision for the world. To make our vision a reality, the continued

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philanthropic investment of a broad community of supporters is essential.

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Why Support Us? The MAH is a community hub at the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, a symbol of how urban space can be revitalized as a thriving center where people from all walks of life congregate and commune over a shared love for the arts and humanities. Our successes to date are many—from the transformation of Abbott Square to the huge growth in visitors we have mobilized over the last 10 years, to the groundbreaking participatory museum movement we helped to pioneer. Now we take our good work deep into the community with innovative public art, unexpected creative experiences, opportunities to learn about our collective history, and new outreach strategies, while circling back to ensure the MAH serves the needs of all community members. Suffice it to say, as much as we have accomplished, there are many great things yet on the horizon. When you support the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, it is not a gamble. You are joining a committed professional team with a long record of success working tirelessly on behalf of the community—building on the work that came before and reenergized under new leadership— to take the MAH to new levels of engagement, collaboration, and artistic excellence. We hope you will not only support us, but join us on the next steps of this exciting journey. Together, our potential knows no bounds.

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How To Engage There are several ways to support the MAH, with many benefits and opportunities offered to recognize and thank our donors and volunteers.

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Your contributions are essential to our shared success. Through membership, underwriting of special projects, sponsorship, and gifts of time and talent, you allow us to share our programs with a broad audience. We thank all of our members, sponsors, and volunteers for your tremendous support, and look forward to working with new friends as we continue to pursue new horizons.

Membership Membership is a great way to support and experience the MAH. Annual levels start at $60 and include admission, exhibition previews, exclusive events, discounts, and more.

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Individual Giving

Corporate Support

There are many ways that individuals can make

There are a number of ways for businesses to

a difference at the MAH. Whether you choose to participate in one of our donor circles, support a specific program, or contribute to the annual fund, your generosity enables us to maintain our collections, develop and produce exhibits, and present inspiring and educational programs.

get involved with the MAH, including sponsorship, corporate membership, entertaining opportunities, and matching gifts, all of which provide partners a range of benefits and access to the museum.

Foundation & Government Support

Legacy Giving

The MAH builds partnerships with foundation

A planned gift to the MAH is the perfect way to

and government entities aimed at supporting all

perpetuate your love of art and history and establish a legacy. Planned giving includes any major gift that involves financial or estate planning such as bequests or gifts of securities,

aspects of our programming and operations. We are proud to count leading local, state, and federal grantmaking organizations, independent foundations, and family foundations among our

retirement assets, life income plans, real estate,

valued supporters and collaborators.

or personal property.

In-Kind Support

Volunteering

The MAH benefits enormously from in-kind

The MAH involves hundreds of volunteers each

variety of needs. A member of the development

year in a variety of engaging opportunities at our museum and historic sites. Our dedicated volunteers provide support for operational

gifts that provide non-cash support for a wide team will be happy to assist you in coordinating your in-kind contribution.

tasks, lead tours, facilitate art and history experiences, and more.

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Leadership BOARD OF TRUSTEES FY22 Roster Freny Cooper President

Jose F. Gonzalez Vice President Anni Lai Secretary Lacy Rieber Treasurer

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Jasmine Alinder Allison Amadia Terry Ballantyne Brezsny Rob Blitzer Rob Darrow Antonia Franco Frank Hayden Kartlon E. Hester Irene Juarez O’Connell Steph Jacobs George Newell Meilin Obinata Serena Rivera Joanne Sanchez Jon Sisk Jorian Wilkins

TEAM Staff

Robb Woulfe Executive Director Kevin Coullahan Director of Operations & Facilities Marla Novo Director of Exhibitions & Programs CASE FOR SUPPORT 2022

Nikki Patterson Director of Development & Communications Hans Wuerfmannsdobler Director of Finance & Administration Helen Aldana Outreach & Inclusion Manager Ezra Bowen Guest Services Representative

Oscar Paz Education Coordinator Jennifer Villegas-Naranjo Guest Services Representative

Contractors & Service Providers K. Deneen Bennett DEIA Consultant

Jenna Clancy Membership Coordinator

Jeff Caplan Community Engagement Specialist

Michaela Clark-Nagaoka Graphics & Content Creator

Erica Davis Grant Writer

Bianca Curiel Marketing Coordinator

Angela Knightley Design Support

Jessie Durant Archives & Library Coordinator

Julie Lambert, Lambert Group HR Consultant

Natalie Jenkins Preparator & Technical Coordinator

Dexter Martin Translator & Interpreter

Leea Kramer Guest Services Representative Sarah Lynn Guest Services Representative Laurel Maxwell Guest Services Manager Myles Morgan Guest Services Representative Everett Ó Cillín Exhibitions & Projects Manager Claudia Oblea Private Events Manager Roberto Ojeda Systems Coordinator

Chris Miller, Launch Brigade IT Consultant Rob Smiley, Armanino, LLP Auditor Karen Bush Consulting Database Support Robert Zamora Bookkeeper Alla Zeltser Alla & Co., Fundraising Consultant


Partnerships The MAH promotes cultural experiences in keeping with the beliefs, values, and ideals of the Santa Cruz County community, an effort that honors and strengthens our sense of place. In order to involve the community comprehensively in our mission and draw on the multidisciplinary strengths of our peer creative community, the MAH undertakes frequent collaborations with individuals, organizations, and businesses to offer relevant programming, services, and support. Our growing community-based alliances foster diversity, inclusion, and growth. Here are some of the dynamic groups and individuals with whom we recently partnered.

ABBOTT SQUARE MARKET • ARTS COUNCIL SANTA CRUZ COUNTY • CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL • CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION • CALIFORNIA HUMANITIES • CENTER FOR CREATIVE ECOLOGIES AT UCSC • CELENA ALLISON, MFT • CHRISTINE FAHRENBACH, PHD • CITY OF SANTA CRUZ • COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SANTA CRUZ COUNTY • DEBRA SLOSS, MA LMFT • DIGITAL NEST • DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ • DUDEK • FOODSMITH • HARPER CHEANEY PSYCHOTHERAPY • HERMANOS UNIDOS • HISTORY FORUM • HOSPICE OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY • HOTEL PARADOX • INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES • KAISER PERMANENTE • KUUMBWA JAZZ • LOS DIABLOS • MARIN MUSEUM OF BICYCLING • MARIPOSA ARTS COUNCIL • MOMA • MONTEREY PENINSULA FOUNDATION • MOUNTAIN BIKERS OF SANTA CRUZ • MUSEO EDUARDO CARRILLO • OCEAN CONSERVANCY • RESEARCHER’S ANONYMOUS • SANTA CRUZ AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE • SANTA CRUZ COUNTY BANK • SANTA CRUZ WORKS • SUPERKARMA GAMES • QUEER YOUTH TASK FORCE OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY • SABROSURA • SALUD Y CARIÑO • SANTA CRUZ BARRIOS UNIDOS • SANTA CRUZ COUNTY • SANTA CRUZ PUBLIC LIBRARIES • SANTA CRUZ SPCA • SENDEROS • SERENO GROUP • TANNERY WORLD DANCE & CULTURAL CENTER • THE DAVID AND LUCILE PACKARD FOUNDATION • THE DIVERSITY CENTER • THE HUMANITIES INSTITUTE AT UCSC • THE JAMES IRVINE FOUNDATION • TONI CROSSEN, LMFT • UCSC CAREER CENTER • WATSONVILLE FILM FESTIVAL • WILLIAM & FLORA HEWLETT FOUNDATION

PHOTO CREDITS The majority of images featured in this publication were sourced from the MAH’s portfolio and archives. Thank you to all the contributing photographers for sharing their work. Pages 1, 28: RedBall Santa Cruz by Kurt Perschke, photos by Jack Sorokin. Pages 4, 9, 24, 36, and back cover: photos by Orbie Pullen Photography.

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Please contact the MAH at 831.429.1964, if you have any questions. For more information about the MAH, please visit santacruzmah.org.