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 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.

Lively Spaces 2017

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. Each workshop begins with a focused tour of works in the Museum collection and concludes with a hands-on art activity.

Community Day
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10 am–2 pm

Celebrate our community with refreshments, art making for all ages, guided tours, and live music.

Workshop: Chinese Calligraphy
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 10 am–noon
Mirken Education Center

Feast on traditional Chinese New Year treats, view works of art by Chinese artists, and create your own drawings and brush paintings inspired by Chinese Calligraphy. Open to all ages.

Workshop: Chinese Architecture
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 10 am–noon
Mirken Education Center

Enjoy a special visit to the exhibition No Limit: Zao Wou-Ki, then make prints inspired by Chinese architecture. Open to adults and children ages 5 and up.

Workshop: Eggsloring Art
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10 am–noon
Mirken Education Center

Find a new and exciting ways to explore the Museum through a scavenger hunt and then participate in an egg-decorating workshop. Open to all ages.

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

Jan. 7 and 21: This Storytime’s a Zoo
Feb. 4 and 18: Oh, What a Hat
March 4 and 25: Shapes
April 8 and 22: Color
May 6 and 20: Summertime