The Why I Go to School: Expressions Through Art by the Children of Twice As Smart,” exhibit opens on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at the LAVA Center, Greenfield

Why I Go to School is a creative exhibit showcasing the Twice as Smart students’ expressive art, self-portraits, and personal essays.  Each student, exhibiting their personal work, will speak and answer questions about why they like school and what they want to learn in school.

Twice as Smart is an educational justice program, founded in 2018 by Gloria Matlock, a music teacher in Musica Franklin and former creative arts teacher in Greenfield schools; and she is assisted by a team of educational mentors.  

Their Greenfield public school students range from 7 to 14 years; and this innovative program amplifies their learning in traditional areas such as math, reading and writing as well as art, music and self-expression.  

The youth have grown to cherish learning; they have improved their grades and express through art and writing their hopes and dreams for themselves.  

Teachers and parents are especially welcome with their students and children to view this inspiring exhibit.

The grand opening of the exhibit is on Saturday, May 6, from Noon-3pm, with the public invited. The LAVA Center, run by the nonprofit organization Local Access to Valley Arts, is located at 324 Main Street in downtown Greenfield, MA, between TD Bank and the Pushkin Gallery.

The exhibit closes on Tuesday, May 30. To view this exhibit on other days in May, see the LAVA Center calendar.

Why I Go to School is sponsored by Twice As Smart and the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice and supported by the Greenfield Savings Bank.