education center and collections storage campaign

The Catalina Museum for Art & History Education Center and Collection Storage Capital Campaign launched in 2021 with the initial fundraising efforts and will conclude in the summer of 2023 with the grand opening of the Education Center and the Collection Storage. Construction for the project began on September 19, 2022. The museum will remain open during construction.

Education Center

Santa Catalina Island has one public school, the Avalon School, which serves approximately 500 children in grades K – 12. CMAH works closely with teachers and families to provide arts and education programs. Through the arts, students develop skills like resilience and a growth mindset to help them master their craft, do well academically, and succeed in life after high school. The new Education Center will be the place where these important programs will occur.\

  • 1,000 square feet addition
  • Permanent home for hands-on visual and performing arts workshops 
  • Allows the museum to expand art education for children and adults 
  • Additional space for general programming, exhibitions, and facility rentals. 


Collection Storage

With a collection of over 100,000 artifacts, ephemera, and original artworks, the museum’s new Collection Storage is a much-needed addition. CMAH It is the only organization dedicated to preserving the Island’s historic archive and utilizing its unique collection to provide art and history exhibitions and programs. The museum does not have adequate storage facilities to house the collection or maintain proper temperature and humidity levels. The new Collection Storage will address these concerns. 

  • 1,900 square feet
  • 12 new storage units that safely house the collection and provide space for collection maintenance
  • Humidity and temperature-controlled storage


To learn more and/or to get involved, please contact Sheila Bergman, Executive Director at 310-510-4652 or click here to send her an email.