Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park is an historic space in the heart of Berkeley. Built in 1940, the park has played an important role in the social and political history of Berkeley. In the 1960s, it became a site for anti-Vietnam War demonstrations and rallies, and it was informally called Provo Park (after the Dutch progressive political group in Amsterdam). In 1983, it was designated Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park and has since served host to art festivals, concerts, political rallies, and a weekly farmers market.
We chose MLK Civic Center Park for Lacuna because of its central location to the Bay Area Book Festival and its history as a gathering spot for community members to share ideas and connect over critical issues affecting Berkeley and the world. Lacuna is, at its core, a temple to books and the libraries which have for decades aided in community empowerment and civic engagement. By placing Lacuna in a hub of this activity, we are both honoring the history of these institutions and breathing new life into them for future generations to connect, enjoy, and carry forward.