In March, 10 sites around Orange County were beautified with chalk drawings and artwork from more than 70 artists, including at least 50 students from the Orange County School of Arts. The project, “Hope Lives in O.C.,” was a partnership between City of Hope Orange County, the Orange County Health Care Agency, and other groups. We’ve captured some of the images here, in case you missed seeing them in person.
“This is a fantastic example of what I love about Orange County,” said
Annette Walker, president of City of Hope Orange County. “We are a com-
munity that cares about each other.” During the early days of stay-at-home
orders last year, Walker saw children at the end of her street working with chalk on the sidewalk. “That little one made my day brighter.”
Many of the drawings in the spring were installed at the county’s vaccination super sites. “My dad had polio,” Walker said. “I think about how my parents felt about that vaccine. (The COVID-19 vaccine) is giving people that same sense of relief. There’s a lightness in their step. This sense of hope builds through Orange County. The artists and the people at City of Hope who deal with cancer every day realize how important that is.”
Here’s to optimism and the relief we feel as summer begins this year.