Art for the People was a six-week, citywide art intervention with the purpose of breaking down personal, emotional and social barriers, while nurturing individual and collective well-being.
What is the Happy City?
Enclosed in this package are the research findings from Happy City Denver: Art for the People. Happy City Denver was a six-week, citywide art intervention that took place in Denver from May 18 through June 30, 2018. The project’s purpose was to break down personal, emotional, and social barriers, while nurturing individual and collective well-being through art and related programming.
The project brought together 7 artists’ perspectives with art installation sites located throughout Denver, including streets, alleyways, billboards, video screens, and various other sites across the Metro Area. The project was initiated by British artist Stuart Semple, produced by the Denver Theatre District, and art directed by Black Cube. The project paid homage to Canadian journalist Charles Montgomery’s influential publication “Happy City.”
More Than Just Art.
As part of the programming, we commissioned Charles Montgomery’s research team to help administer two social experiments regarding happiness in correlation with the Denver community. Montgomery’s work questions the intersection between urban design and the science of happiness; his research team is internationally recognized for research studies around these intersections.