When I first heard that Orange County Museum of Art was planning a 24-hour celebration for its October opening, I floated the idea of going in the middle of the night to my family. “It will be fun to see who else might be there at 2 a.m., and we can have the museum to ourselves!”
Um, not so much. Two of us arrived at 3 a.m. and were greeted by a line more than 100 people deep. It seemed to prove there’s an audience with an appetite for a new experience here. The museum offered a silent disco, multiple performances, a doughnut drop, Japanese tea service, fortunetellers, and more—something every hour for guests to partake in. I assume officials were overjoyed and more than a little surprised by the turnout. By the end of those first 24 hours, more than 10,000 people had visited the new building. We got in at 4 a.m., in time to check out the art and still make it to the sound bath at 5. We stayed for sunrise yoga and did poses with more than 200 others on the terrace, a lovely way to combine wellness and artwork.
Art and healing often fit together beautifully. You can learn more about that from a local artist who curates pieces for the City of Hope Orange County Lennar Foundation Cancer Center. Every year we are moved and humbled by the stories that accompany the top doctors list, and we hope you will be, too.
Finally, let me share the process for this issue. The list itself is compiled by the Orange County Medical Association, not by the magazine’s staff. Doctors can’t pay to get on the list or the cover. The requirements to make the list are enumerated on Page 81. We’re proud to be partners with the medical association, and we hope it furthers your trust in us.