City of Hope Orange County Unveils County¬wide Street Art Initiative, Uniting a Community Through Shared Messages of Hope

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

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After a year of global crisis and loss, City of Hope Orange County is leading a countywide street art installation to share messages of hope at venues across the region, including COVID-19 vaccine Super Point of Dispensing (POD) sites. The top-ranked cancer research and treatment center is partnering with Orange County Health Care Agency, community organizations and businesses, and local artists in a visual expression of a shared vision for a more hopeful and healthier community.

The Hope Lives in OC initiative comes after sustained waves of uncertainty and intense difficulty that include loss of loved ones, sickness, economic instability, racial injustice and social isolation, all of which have taken a toll. Yet, despite all the challenges, there are reasons to be optimistic: the dedication of frontline workers, medical breakthroughs, and the resilience of the community.

In commissioning chalk artists and others, City of Hope is literally taking this message to the street. On March 2, more than 70 artists, including students from Orange County School of the Arts, will offer their own interpretations of hope at numerous prominent locations across the county.

Hope Lives in OC art

Hope Lives in OC art

Hope Lives in OC art

The artists will bring people together, and inspire and uplift their communities through their art by creating detailed street art at least 8 feet by 8 feet. All the artists have been affected by cancer, making the City of Hope-led effort particularly meaningful to them. It is a stark reminder of the impact of the disease. According to statistics, 1 in 3 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and cancer also affects their family and friends.

“City of Hope was founded on hope and we want to share this powerful sentiment with our community,” said Annette M. Walker, president, City of Hope Orange County. “We came to Orange County to offer hope through lifesaving cancer treatments and pioneering research. Our optimism is sourced by scientific breakthroughs and we are eager to share our certainty of brighter days ahead. As a national cancer care leader, City of Hope has a responsibility to fulfill our promise of improving Orange County lives by applying our advanced capabilities and teams of world-renowned experts to preventing and treating cancer.”

The Hope Lives in OC art will appear beginning March 2 at the following locations:

  • City of Hope’s administrative headquarters at FivePoint Gateway in Irvine
  • City of Hope Newport Beach clinic
  • Great Park Neighborhoods: Cadence Park and Beacon Park
  • John Wayne Airport, Orange County
  • Orange County Great Park (near the orange balloon)
  • Anaheim Packing District
  • Marina Park in Newport Beach
  • The CAMP
  • Vaccine Super POD sites at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Convention Center, and Soka University

The street art will also appear at OC Fair & Event Center beginning March 4 and in additional locations in the coming weeks and months.  

City of Hope – a birthplace of medical breakthroughs, biotech discoveries leading to four of the world’s top cancer medicines and itself the developer of a COVID-19 vaccine – is building a cancer campus in Irvine and network of cancer care throughout Orange County. Its Newport Beach location, which opened in 2020, is the first phase of City of Hope’s Orange County expansion, delivering many first-in-the-region therapies and highly specialized cancer care in a safe environment.

City of Hope and FivePoint are Leaders Circle partners of the Greater Irvine Chamber, at the diamond and gold levels respectively.

Hope Lives in OC art

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