Public Programs

Artist and Scholar LecturesArtist and Scholar Lectures

Multiple times a 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. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Noontime Art TalksNoontime Art Talks

During the academic year Museum staff members, Colby faculty members, and guest speakers will discuss current exhibitions or works in the museum collection in Noontime Art Talks. Light refreshments to follow; talks begin at noon.

Lively SpacesLively Spaces

Each summer the Colby College Museum of Art offers a free art, dance, and poetry camp for local second through sixth 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.

Lively Spaces Summer 2016

Family Programs

Art Making and Community Days

Art Making and Community DaysThe Museum offers three free community days a year, in which children and adults can participate in tours of the Museum, discussions around the collection, and have opportunities to make their own works of art. The Museum also offers multiple workshops a year in conjunction with Common Street Arts in Waterville and Waterville Main Street. Each workshop begins with a focused tour of works in the Museum collection and concludes with a hands-on art activity.

Community Day
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, 10 am–2 pm

Join us for refreshments, art making for all ages, games, silhouette portrait cutting, and live music.

Workshop: Making Faces
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, 10 am–noon
Mirken Education Center

Get a special view of masks from the Museum’s collection, then create your own masks.

Workshop: Light Up Holiday Cards
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, 10 am–noon
Mirken Education Center

Holiday card making for all ages using collage, markers, LEDs, copper tape, and button batteries. Ages 5 and up.

Art + Storytelling for Early Learners


After a brief exploration of the Museum, we will read a children’s book related to that month’s theme. Preschoolers, toddlers, and their grownups will then be invited to the Mirken Education Classroom to have a snack and create their own works of art.

Select Saturdays, 11 am–noon
William D. Adams Gallery

Sept. 10 and 24, 2016: “Ready, Set, Recycle”
Oct. 8 and 22, 2016: “Pumpkins Galore”
Nov. 5 and 19, 2016: “Giving Thanks”
Dec. 3 and 17, 2016: “All About Snow”