The Happiness Project, curated by Tricia Van Eck

What does happiness look like for you, others, and Chicago? Presented within empty storefronts in various parts of the city in November – The Happiness Project – is a re-imagining of how individuals might best live and work together through engaging in unexpected and transcendent activities. The exhibition connects “the city that works” and “the city of neighborhoods,” with ideas of work and play.

After 22 years of the longest serving mayor in Chicago’s history, Chicago’s new leader, Rahm Emanuel, is creating a new cultural policy plan. While artists often greet new politicians with a screed of demands, The Happiness Project aims to articulate the potential of how the right to pursue happiness, if applied to work, life, and governmental decisions, could transform the city and the well being of its inhabitants.

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