Programs and Events

Free and open to all, the Colby College Museum of Art works with our campus and community partners to offer an array of experiences—opening events, conversations with scholars and artists, wellness programs, art-making activities, film screenings, music performances, gallery tours, and family activities. During this challenging time, the museum continues to offer a mix of virtual, hybrid, and in-person programs and resources for all of our audiences.

For the latest information about programs, visit our Events Calendar and follow the Colby Museum on Facebook or Instagram.


The Art& series brings together the voices of visiting artists, scholars, museum staff, and community members for conversations about exhibitions, collections, and projects at the Colby College Museum of Art and its Lunder Institute for American Art. A mix of in-person, virtual, and hybrid programs, this series is designed for those interested in learning more about art and engaging with the key issues of our times.

Art Workshops

Workshops that encourage participants to delve into studio projects, writing, and performance take place throughout the year in our Mirken Education Center and gallery spaces. Past programs have included Drypoint Printmaking Workshop: Inside Out: The Prints of Mary Cassatt and Ekphrastic Encounter with Bob Thompson: Pattern, Modd, and Imagery, a poetry workshop with Arisa White

Community Day

Community Day is held in July, and 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.

Frame by Frame

In collaboration with Railroad Square Cinema, the films selected within this series are directly related and inspired by the Colby College Museum of Art’s current exhibitions and collections. The screenings take place at Railroad Square Cinema, and often include a pre- or post-film discussion.

Music in the Museum

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

Open House

The Fall Open House and Spring Open House programs celebrate our new exhibition openings with all of our campus and community audiences. All are invited to enjoy performances, art-making projects, gallery experiences, and refreshments.

Thursday Art Party

Offered multiple times during the academic year, the Thursday Art Party is a night at the museum, curated by its Student Guides. The program includes sweet treats, music, art activities, and gallery experiences related to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions

You’re Speaking My Language

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.

Visit our Events Calendar to see what is coming up!