Public Programs

During this challenging time, the Museum continues to be a primary teaching resource for the College and the greater community and will offer an array of programs and resources that are free and open to all. There will be a mix of virtual programs, art kits (pick-up art projects), multimedia projects in The Lantern (our digital magazine), and community partnership projects and programs that will be accessible to all audiences. 

And for those with a Colby ID, there will be additional self-guided experiences in the gallery, campus partnership programs, class visits, and an emphasis on sharing the work we’ve pledged to prioritize with our commitment to action on racial justice. 

Throughout the semester, new offerings will be added on campus and in the community. To find the latest program information and updates, visit Museum @ Home and our social media channels.

Virtual Programs for All Audiences

Virtual Art + Conversation

In these multimedia presentations, Museum staff members, Colby faculty members, and guest speakers discuss current exhibitions or works in the museum collection.

Campus + Community Film Series

At various times throughout the fall, there will be virtual screenings of films that relate to and are inspired by the Colby College Museum of Art’s current exhibitions and collections

Let Art Inspire

The Museum’s wellness initiative includes a variety of programs that connect mind, body, and art in innovative ways. This fall, a work of art at the museum will be the inspiration for three programs each month: Artful Movements, with yoga and movement (first Saturdays), Artful Meditations (second Wednesdays), and Artful Healing (third Mondays), with an art-making activity.

Colby Museum @ Home

This page on the Museum’s website pulls together a variety of resources for audiences of all ages. There are Museum Moment videos, Art @ Home projects, online jigsaw puzzles, virtual exhibitions, and you’ll also find all of our virtual programs and digital recordings of past programs.

On-Campus Activities

Your Museum Time

All those with a Colby ID can sign up online to join the Your Museum Time program, and receive a free blank notebook that can be used in the museum spaces to relax, create, and reflect. Each week during the Fall 2020 semester, all program participants will receive a prompt that can be used for exploring ideas in the museum spaces. 

Create-It Kits for Colby

Colby students, faculty, and staff can pick up an art kit packed with art supplies and instructions for a project inspired by a work of art at the Museum. Each month, there will be a new kit available. The kits can be picked up at the Museum’s Welcome Desk, during Museum hours. 

Off-Campus Activities and Resources

Art Kits for All

In direct response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Art Kits for All is an innovative, collaborative program designed to keep our community’s families engaged and connected to the arts. Art kits are distributed for free at partner sites throughout the city, twice a month.  Waterville Creates! in collaboration with community partners, including the Colby College Museum of Art, the Kennebec Montessori School, Waterville Public Schools, and the Family Violence Project, powers the program, generously providing volunteers and supplies to keep this popular relief program accessible to all. 

Lively Spaces

The Museum’s annual summer camp program has been transformed into an art activity delivery program, with participants signing up to receive a week of art-making materials (delivered to their homes) and online instruction and conversation. Lively Spaces was offered four times during Summer 2020, and there are plans to offer this program again during fall school break time periods. 

Educator Evenings

These programs for area elementary, middle school, high school and other educators will become virtual webinars this Fall, with speakers, discussions, and take-home teacher resources that connect to the Museum’s collection and exhibitions.