“Happy City: Art for the People” will feature diverse perspectives from more than 10 local, national, and international artists. “Happy City” is under the artistic direction of Black Cube Nomadic Museum.
Denver, Colorado – Beginning on May 18, Denver will undergo a six-week, citywide art intervention that will provide unexpected art experiences in public spaces with the purpose of breaking down personal, emotional, and social barriers. Under the artistic direction of Black Cube and produced by The Denver Theatre District, Happy City: Art for the People will bring together 11 artists’ perspectives that address ideas of happiness and wellness. The title of the project—Happy City—is inspired by Black Cube Artist Fellow Stuart Semple and pays homage to Canadian journalist Charles Montgomery's influential publication “Happy City.”
The art installation sites for Happy City will be located throughout Denver, and include streets, alleyways, billboards, video screens, Union Station, among others. In addition to the installations, Happy City will offer extensive programming (such as conversations and a panel discussion) to engage the community. For a complete list of artworks and programming, click here.
Happy City participating artists include 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), and Frankie Toan (CO).
“Through the artists’ diverse lenses, the Happy City experience will focus on creating stronger communal ties and ask important questions about what it means to be happy. The art interventions are inquisitive in tone and offer many perspectives on the topic of happiness, from practical to playful,” said Cortney Lane Stell, artistic director, Black Cube.
About Black Cube
Black Cube is a nonprofit, experimental art museum that operates nomadically. Without the traditional boundaries of a physical building, Black Cube exists primarily through partnering with artist fellows to commission popup art experiences. Black Cube describes itself as an unconventional museum pursuing the most effective ways to engage audiences while supporting individual artists with critical professional guidance. For more information, visit http://blackcube.art/.
About The Denver Theatre District
The Denver Theatre District (DTD) enlivens a 16-block area of downtown Denver through interactive, immersive and experimental art and culture events and experiences. It provides creatives with a downtown platform and financial support for sharing their work. The DTD is a private non-profit funded through a revenue share collected from advertising on static and LED screens located throughout the District. The Denver Theatre District invests its outdoor media revenues in cultural and art-based experiences, most of which are free to the public. This model is the first of its kind, setting an example for cities nationwide in how to leverage private revenue streams to fund public art and activity. For more information about The Denver Theatre District, visit the website or follow the DTD on Facebook and Instagram (@DenverTheatreDistrict).