How should Teton County measure its overall community health and happiness? Is there an index or a metric that makes tangible what we feel subconsciously and collectively? In the fall of 2017, Jackson Hole Public Art brought creative KPIs to Teton County’s balance sheet with the Happiness Index Project (HIP), a rotating installation of billboard-style factoids displayed on the ArtSpot on East Broadway.
Funded by a grant from 1% for the Tetons and supported by Center of Wonder, HIP featured more than 25 facts and figures generated by the work of Teton County’s nonprofit and government sectors. From 1,572, seniors served to 96.6% voter turnout and 34,000,000 pounds of material recycled. Each stat was hand-drawn on a 10’x6′ billboard style canvas.
“The goal of the program was to raise awareness among residents and visitors of all the positive and visionary work taking place in Teton County,” said Carrie Geraci, executive director of Jackson Hole Public Art. “There’s a lot going on and trying to keep track of it all feels overwhelming. Yet, creativity and art have a powerful way of connecting cold, hard facts to powerful emotions in a manner that makes the giant scope of programs more accessible to the people who don’t live and breathe this work every day. Well, we do, we just don’t realize it and that’s what this program is about.” These tangible statistics can serve as a baseline to measure future progress in the sectors of our community that make up the foundation of Teton County’s health and happiness.
Participating Organizations: Community Counseling Center, Jackson Town Council, JH Conservation Alliance, Nat’ Museum of Wildlife Art, Shift JH, Teton County Integrated Waste and Recycling, 1% for the Tetons, Center for the Arts, Community Entry Services, Curran Seeley, Friends of Pathways, Girls Actively Participating, Good Samaritan Mission, Hole Food Rescue, Jackson Hole Writers, Jackson PFLAG, Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter, KHOL, One22, People Spread Love, Senior Center of JH, Teton Art Lab, Teton County Library, Teton County Search and Rescue, Teton Literacy Center, Teton Raptor Center, Vertical Harvest, and Wyoming Stargazing.
HIP facts were written by Cassandra Lee and hand-painted signs by our project manager (and amazing illustrator) Cal Brackin.
The Happiness Index Project was funded with a People’s Choice Award grant from 1% for the Tetons.