Public Programs

The Colby College Museum of Art is a primary teaching resource for the College and the greater community, serving as a central site for intellectual engagement, artistic contemplation, and social activity. Its programs serve visitors of all ages throughout the year, and are created in collaboration with Colby College faculty, students, and staff, the Lunder Institute for American Art, and numerous community partners. All programs are free, as is admission to the Museum.

For General Audiences

Artist and Scholar LecturesArtist and Scholar Lectures

Occurs multiple times during the academic year.

The Colby College Museum of Art invites visiting artists and scholars to speak about their work and scholarship. These lectures focus on artists represented in the Museum collection as well as on current exhibitions. 

Open House

Occurs once each semester during the academic year.

The Open House programs celebrate the new exhibitions opening that semester with performances, art-making projects, gallery discussions, and refreshments.

Music in the Museum

Occurs monthly during the academic year.

The Music Department organizes this noontime performance program, featuring local and regional musicians, who perform in the museum’s galleries.

You’re Speaking My Language

Occurs 4-6 times during each semester of the academic year.

This language-based social event offers a great opportunity to practice language skills and converse with other art lovers. This event is created in collaboration with various language departments at Colby College; the language programs have included Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian.

Campus + Community Film Series

Occurs monthly during the academic year.

In collaboration with Railroad Square Cinema, the films selected within this series are directly related and inspired by the Colby College Museum of Art current exhibitions and collections.

Noontime Art TalksNoontime Art Talks

Once a month during the academic year

Museum staff members, Colby faculty members, and guest speakers will discuss current exhibitions or works in the museum collection, with a Q&A.

Community DayArt Making and Community Days

Occurs annually in the summer for the general public.

Community Day is a community-wide celebration that features looking activities in the galleries, art-making projects, outdoor games, activities coordinated with community partners, food trucks, and performances.

For Children and Families

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Occurs twice a month during the academic year for young children and their caregivers.

After a brief exploration of the Museum, the group reads a children’s book related to the month’s theme. Preschoolers, toddlers, and their grownups visit the Mirken Education Classroom to have a snack and create their own works of art. Recommended for ages 3+ and their caregivers.

Art + Cart

Drop by the Art + Cart for activities kids and their caregivers can use in the galleries, as well as materials to touch, books to read, sketching materials, and resources to take home. Recommended for ages 3+ and their caregivers.

Art-to-Go Bags

Create your own Museum adventure by checking out our Art-to-Go activities—Sketch Bags, Puzzle Bags, Book Bags, and Looking Game Bags—filled with hands-on materials and activities that can be used throughout the Museum. All participants can extend their creative experience by taking home an artsy prize. Designed for ages 3+, our Art-to-Go bags can be adapted and enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

Ask how to check out these free resources at our Welcome Desk today!

Family Weekend Workshops

Occurs 1-2 times during each semester of the academic year for families and young children.

Families explore the Museum through a looking activity in the galleries and then participate in an art-making workshop. Recommended for children ages 4+ and their caregivers.

Lively SpacesLively Spaces

Occurs annually for three weeks in the summer for children in the third through seventh grades.

Each summer the Colby College Museum of Art offers a free art, dance, and poetry camp for local third through seventh graders. Over the course of three weeks in July, participants learn about art in the Colby College Museum of Art collection, make original artworks of their own, read and write poetry, and choreograph dances in response to works in the collection. The camp culminates in an art show and final performance of both poetry and dance. Space is limited, so registration is required in the spring.