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Happy City Denver Launch Event

  • Union Station 1701 Wynkoop Street Denver, CO, 80202 United States (map)

Happy City Denver Launch Event

Help us celebrate the launch of Happy City Denver

Join us for your first chance to:

+ experience the Emotional Baggage Drop (hello stranger), a new work by Stuart Semple

+ check out our wrapped Denver B-cycle bikes, decorated with art from Denver-based designer, illustrator, and animator Dayna Safferstein

+ grab a copy of "Ear to Ear: Beyond the Smile", our one-issue newsprint publication that investigates the concept of happiness through a myriad of perspectives — from scientific to poetic approaches

+ Get an official Happy City: Art for the People program guide to learn more about the other events, installations, and programs throughout Denver in May and June

+ Meet the Happy City Denver team and many of our partners and supporters (and learn how to get involved yourself!)

+ Surprises, spectacles, giveaways, and more you'll find out in person if you can stop by for even 10 minutes!


“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 more than 10 artists’ perspectives to 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, and Union Station, among others.

The project is inspired 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.

“Happy City: Art for the People” is produced by The Denver Theatre District with artistic direction by Black Cube Nomadic Museum and is a result of collaboration among a number of funding partners, including Bonfils-Stanton FoundationCommunity First FoundationDenver Arts & Venues, Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, Downtown Denver Partnership, McWHINNEY, P.S. You Are Here, Sage Hospitality and VISIT DENVER.

In addition to the art installations and artist contributions, “Happy City” offers extensive programming to engage the community. The following details the artworks and programs. Please note that community partners are offering programming in addition to what is listed below. 

Artists: Theresa Anderson, Matt Barton, Milton Melvin Croissant III, Carlos Frésquez, Vince McKelvie, Kelly Monico, Zach Reini, John Roemer, Stuart Semple, Joel Swanson and Frankie Toan

Earlier Event: May 17
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