Dairy Block home to Stuart Semple’s Happiness HQ

May 31, 2018 Posted In

Denver, CO (May 31, 2018) – Dairy Block – the vibrant new micro-district in the heart of Denver’s Lower Downtown – is thrilled to share that it will be home to the Happiness HQ by British artist Stuart Semple as part
of Happy City: Art for the City.

Inspired by Semple, Happy City is a six-week citywide art event happening now through June 30th. The purpose of Happy City is to break down personal, emotional and social barriers, while nurturing individual and collective well-being.

Located on the corner of 19th and Blake Streets, Semple’s Happiness HQ will officially open to the public on Friday, June 1st at 10:30 a.m. It will then be open daily from 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. through Wednesday, June 20th. Working with Denver’s NINE dot ARTS, the Happiness HQ is an exhibition and a creative space where anyone can make art together. It also features a series of original Semple paintings, an inflatable dance floor and more.

Dairy Block is also hosting the 7000 Reasons art installation by Jonathan Saiz and Wes Magyar, two local artists who have committed to painting 7,000 custom oil portraits of people for just $143 each. Saiz and Magyar can be found painting in the Dairy Block lobby every other day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. until Saturday, June 16th. For more information, please visit www.7000reasons.com.

In early June, Dairy Block will also unveil the Positive Vibes Only Quilt created by Denver artist Frankie Toan. The quilt will be made up of hundreds of neon Post-it Notes that adorned the interior hallways of Dairy Block last winter while the Huckleberry Roasters and Perfect Petal spaces were under construction. Hundreds of people shared positive words of encouragement and praise on the Post-its, which Toan is mounting into a large quilt installation.

Developed by McWhinney, Sage Hospitality and Grand American, Inc., Dairy Block is the Mile High City’s newest destination where you can dine, drink and explore an entire downtown block connected by Denver’s first pedestrian alleyway, which runs from 18th and 19th between Blake and Wazee Streets. McWhinney and Sage Hospitality are proud to be funding partners for Happy City, which is being produced by The Denver Theatre District with artistic direction by Black Cube. For more information visit www.HappyCityArt.com.

Dairy Block is home to Sage Restaurant Group’s Kachina Cantina and Poka Lola Social Club by Restaurateur Peter Karpinski, along with Huckleberry Roasters and The Perfect Petal. On June 1st, visitors to Dairy Block can enjoy Milk Market, a food hall by Denver Chef Frank Bonanno featuring 15 restaurants and bar concepts.

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