FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — There is a lot to be happy about for a group of Broward County middle school students who got a lot more than expected during a trip to the museum Tuesday.

Musician and producer Pharrell Williams, whose song ‘Happy’ created the ear worm of the last decade, surprised the students while they were walking through the exhibits at the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale.

Williams was joined by artists Sam Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III to share messages about kindness and happiness through art and music to the students from St. Gregory School and Sunrise Middle School.

Pharrell Williams speads to Broward students at NSU Art Museum on Dec. 3, 2019. (CBS4)

The trio are part of the artist collaborative FriendsWithYou, which is described as “whimsical artwork” and is part of the current exhibition Happy!

Students like 13-year-old John Silva were star struck,. He was one of the hundreds who cheered with excitement over seeing his idol.

“Really emotional like coming down to Fort Lauderdale  just for Pharrell Williams to be down, I think art moves a lot of people, it inspires them to make things and those great things inspire other people to make other great things and it’s just a complete beautiful cycle,” said Silva.

Pharrell spoke to the students about creating meaning in your work, creating something that makes you feel something, hopefully, happy.

“I’m interested in the work that sticks with you so the minute that you look at it is does something to you, it makes you have a visceral reaction,” said Pharrell.

Pharrell Williams speads to Broward students at NSU Art Museum on Dec. 3, 2019. (CBS4)

The exhibition Happy! explores the pursuit of happiness through contemporary art and since it’s the holiday season, there’s no better time to spread messages of happiness and kindness.

The exhibit will be on display at the NSU Art Museum through July 5, 2020.

Rielle Creighton

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