Boogie On The Boulevard was always blast event!
Our three tents: lactation & diaper changing station, and two parent artists tents were set in food related block.
The Boogie event was filled with many family participants.
We were proud of providing a private lactation space, a diaper changing table, a set of priority area, a play yard, and nuts-free table. We also used multiple languages for these services in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Bengali.
We made a special flyer of a list of app resources that are convenient for all families: Restroom locator, Diaper changing space locater, Breast feeding/Pumping space for moms locater, Community spaces open to public lists, MTA service changing schedule map, MTA elevator service lists,
Maternity/Family leave resources, and Resources of returning to work. There were QR codes of these all resources on the flyer, so everybody can find and reach the source in glance.The woman wore our pregnant belly sculpture then tried to take off shoes and put on sitting on a chair. It was not easy!
Passersby were very curious about Making Beeswax Wrap WS. Many people didn’t know about this alternative idea instead of using general plastic wrap. We felt many people wanted to reduce plastic wrap, but they just didn’t know how to do it.
A parent artist Yoko explained why she started to do this WS, how it works, and how to make by yourself. Around 65 visitors participated in the Ws and learned how it worked. Yoko has started to reduce plastic products these years, and ended up holding the Making Beeswax Wrap WS for spreading the eco-friendly idea in a practical way.
A student volunteer helped a participant how to use the wrap in using Origami folding technique.
Yoko put a cloth into a hot pot of melting beeswax.
Participants got some organic snack in their hand made container made by Beeswax wrap.
Passersby gathered to Making Onigiri Rice ball WS.
Another parent artist Yuki prepared six kinds ofingredients to put inside the rice ball.
Yuki’s concept is we can learn each other’s culture through learning home cooking. Home cooking is different from plates of restaurants. Yuki introduced how to make a rice ball that you cannot usually see on a menu in NYC Japanese restaurant, but is also soul food of Japanese people.
Yuki and volunteer students put some rice on a bio-plastic wrap on participant’s palm. The participant selected any ingredients they like to put in rice ball.
She was making rice a ball shape using her hands.
Enjoy the rice ball!
Thanks for making these activities possible: Citizens Comitteee NYC, Bronx Health Reach, Boogie On The Boulevard Comittee members, Bronx Museum, Materials For The Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and volunteer students from Japanese Culture Club of The Bronx High School of Science.