50th Anniversary – Ohlone Park
Saturday | June 01, 2019 | 11:00 am — 4:00 pm
Ohlone Park | Sacramento and Delaware Streets, Berkeley, CA 94702
The 50th anniversary celebration of Ohlone Park will will salute citizen activists who founded the park in 1969 and honor the Native California Indians whose heritage, dating back thousands of years in the Bay Area, gave this treasured open space in Berkeley its name.
The twin themes of this daylong festival feature a rare combination of exquisite
community arts and gritty tales of protest and struggle. Nationally recognized California Indian artists and craftspeople, whose works are included in museums around the country, will demonstrate basket weaving, string-making arts, bead work and other traditional crafts, as well as teaching simple games using walnut dice and staves. Longtime city residents will gather to share firsthand accounts of building the park with plantings and sculpture and
with a determination born of the era’s turmoil.
At the eastern entrance to Ohlone Park, which stretches along Hearst Avenue from Milvia to Sacramento Streets above BART’s tunnel connecting its downtown and North Berkeley stations, festivities will kick off at 11 am.
Members of the local Muwekma Ohlone tribe and artist Jean LaMarr will take
part in a rededication ceremony of LaMarr’s four-sided mural that depicts
Ohlone history and its communal life. The Muwekma will tell stories of their
ancestors and family members who are depicted on the mural. Funding from a
UC Chancellor’s grant and from Berkeley’s Civic Arts Commission will enable
LaMarr to realize her vision later this year of an art garden around the Ohlone
Mural, with native plants, a grinding rock sculpture, and redwood benches that
depict swimming salmon.
During the afternoon, from noon to 4, there will be activities for the entire
community: a Native California Indian arts and culture festival, including music
and dance as well as craft demonstrations and sales, organized by the California
Institute for Community, Art and Nature; historical displays of photographs and
news stories from 1969; an Old Time acoustic music jam, a plant and crop swap,
dance and martial arts classes, clowning and other children’s activities, food
vendors, and more.
Sponsors for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Ohlone Park include: Friends of Ohlone Park; the City of Berkeley; California Institute for Community, Art and Nature; Alliance for California Traditional Arts; and Berkeley Partner for Parks.
Please contact organizer for wheelchair accessibility information.