Community Day

Saturday, July 31, 2021,

Colby College Museum of Art

Join us for Community Day, a celebration of the Colby Museum’s two new exhibitions—Inside Out: The Prints of Mary Cassatt and Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine. All are welcome for a day of fun, with looking activities in the galleries, art-making projects and performances with Lunder Institute Residential Fellows, music from the Ideal Maine Social Aid & Sanctuary Band, outdoor games, summer foods, as well as some terrific activities created by our community partners.

This event is free and open to all, supported by Friends of Art.

Community Day Safety and Wellness FAQ 

It’s true, there is a lot of construction around the Colby Museum, but we have made plans to help mitigate some of the issues for our Community Day visitors.

How can I navigate around the construction?

It’s easiest to enter campus from the south end of Mayflower Hill Drive—you won’t need to maneuver around any construction work. The other entrances are accessible, but a little more bumpy as some roads are undergoing repaving. See here for directions to the Colby Museum.

Where can I park?

There is a long chain of parking lots behind the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, which is right across the street from the museum. Six handicap parking spots are available in the Roberts parking lot (directly behind the museum).

How can I get to the Colby Museum from my parking spot?

For those who don’t mind a five-minute walk, follow the path behind the Lunder House (Admissions) up to the museum for a lovely stroll on a paved walkway. The Colby Shuttle and several golf carts will be looping through the parking lots, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and continuing through 4:30 p.m. Just give a wave, and they’ll stop for you. At the museum, a pick-up and drop-off spot will be marked, located near the Seven Walls sculpture by Sol LeWitt, on our new access road. We will have a crossing guard to keep people safe as they cross Mayflower Hill Drive to the museum; they will be posted at the crosswalk by the Alumni Center.

Will I be required to wear a mask at this event?

Masks are required on the Colby Shuttle, per Maine CDC guidelines requiring masks for anyone riding in a transportation vehicle. We will have masks available. Most of our activities are outside, where masks are not required for those who are vaccinated. Although there has not been a change in the mask policy in public spaces in Maine yet, we are encouraging people to wear masks in our indoor museum spaces. We will have masks available on site.

Full Program of Events

Live Music

The Ideal Maine Social Aid and Sanctuary Band 

  • 12:00 p.m.: Marching Band Performance | Front Lawn Art Tent
  • 1:00 p.m.: Live Jazz Performance | Museum Lobby 

Lunder Institute Residential Fellow Jose Barrionuevo’16 (Killer Bee)

  • Ongoing: Live Electronic Music | Paul J. Schupf Sculpture Courtyard

Guided Tours:

Take a tour of Inside Out: The Prints of Mary Cassatt and Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine. 

  • 1:15 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. | Meet in Museum Lobby

Gallery Storytime: 

Hear a read-a-loud of a hand-picked story in the gallery. | Meet in Museum Lobby

  • 12:30 p.m.: Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds 
  • 1:30 p.m.: Canoe Days by Gary Paulsen 
  • 2:30 p.m.: The Thundermaker by Alan Syliboy


  • Create art projects inspired by works in our galleries.| Front Lawn Art Tent


  • Grab a treat from Stone Fox Farm Creamery, Portland Pie Co., and ColbyEats. | Front Lawn
  • Enjoy beer, sweets, and seltzers while listening to live music. | Paul J. Schupf Sculpture Courtyard

And more: 

  • Lunder Institute Residential Fellow Adriane Herman’s Emotional Value Auction | Museum Lobby
  • Museum Shop Sale | Paul J. Schupf Sculpture Courtyard
  • Games: bean bag toss, hula hoops, hopscotch, and more! | Front Lawn
  • Meet our Community Partners | Paul J. Schupf Sculpture Courtyard
  • For pre-registered families: pick up your Art Box | Museum Lobby


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