May 18 through June 30, 2018
Happy City: Art for the People is a six-week, citywide art intervention with the purpose of breaking down personal, emotional, and social barriers, while nurturing individual and collective well-being.
The project brings together eleven artists’ perspectives that address ideas of happiness and community wellness, in order to imagine a more connected society. The installation sites are located throughout Denver, and include streets, alleyways, billboards, video screens, Union Station, among others.
The project is initiated by British artist Stuart Semple, and pays homage to Canadian journalist Charles Montgomery's influential publication “Happy City.” Montgomery's book questions the intersection between urban design and the science of happiness. In response, Happy City: Art for the People provides unexpected art experiences in public spaces with the hope of inciting curiosity and encouraging togetherness. Overall, the project invokes the question – can a city be happy?
Happy City is on view from May 18 through June 30, 2018
Artists: Theresa Anderson (CO), Matt Barton (CO), Milton Melvin Croissant III (NY), Carlos Frésquez (CO), Vince McKelvie (CA), Kelly Monico (CO), Zach Reini (CO), John Roemer (CO), Stuart Semple (UK), Joel Swanson (CO), Frankie Toan (CO)
Happy City: Art for the People is produced by the Denver Theatre District with artistic direction by Black Cube.
In addition to the art installations and artist contributions, Happy City offers extensive programming to engage the community.
Special thanks to our funding partners: Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Community First Foundation, Denver Arts & Venues, Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, Downtown Denver Partnership, McWHINNEY, P.S. You Are Here, Sage Hospitality, and VISIT DENVER.
Image: Stuart Semple, HappyCloud, 2009 (Milan, Italy), courtesy of Stuart Semple Studios