Wednesday, June 13, 2018

1 Stop Family Pop Up @Ditmars Park!

It was a really nice weather day to our event.
Thanks a lot Friends of Ditmars Park for having us !

Moms enjoy our private space and time inside the tent. 

 We have a lactation space, diaper changing station and potette, stroller parking, play area, priority rest area, and interactive art that related to family.

 Thank you Mike!


Friday, June 8, 2018

Debut this weekend in Ditmars Park, Astoria!

We are very excited to announce this:

One Stop Family Pop Up will debut this weekend at the Friends of Ditmars Park Astoria Day Festival!

June 9th, 10am-2pm

Ditmars Park

Steinway Street, between Ditmars Blvd and 23rd Ave.


Please  drop by the event if you will be in the area.

Enjoy family friendly community event  with our accommodations that all families need!

If you're interested in having us at a NYC event near you, contact us

One Stop Family Pop Up is supported by Friends Of Ditmars Park, Citizens Committee for NYC, and New York Foundation for the Arts.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Open Call: Artists for an Artst's Tent!

we are pleased to announce this Open Call!
Artists for an Artist's Tent.

We are the One Stop Family Pop Up! Our aim is to help families access and enjoy outdoor events while raising children by providing two tents in public spaces: 1). An artist’s tent that invites community members to engage in interactive art workshops related to family, and 2). A lactation tent + a diaper changing station + priority rest & play area + an information table – accommodations that all families need but are not yet provided in our community. Our awareness initiatives celebrate maternal health and serve to improve access for pregnant women and parents.

Your proposal should have:
Your name
Your website/SNS account name
An explanation of your interactive art workshop idea(s) in a one-two page proposal. Please describe your:
A: Workshop or interactive public art.
B: Art show
You may hold either A (workshop or interactive public art), B (an art show), or both A and B.
Tent dimensions are 10 x 10 feet. You will be supplied with a table, chairs and tarp wall if needed.

Proposals are due: May 31 at 11:59pm, 2018. Please email your proposals to

One Stop Family Pop Ups will be held four times from about 1:00-4:00PM on Saturdays or Sundays during June – September, rain or shine. Planned locations include Astoria Park and Socrates Park, in Queens; a street festival in LES of Manhattan; and Boogie On The Boulevard, in the Bronx. As specific dates are still TBA, we will match you to an available date and location.

Each participating artist will be awarded $125 for their participation and $100 for material costs for a total of $225. Selected artists are able to access and shop for free materials at The Materials For The Arts during June-September. Each artist is responsible for the design and implementation of their agreed-upon project.

To aid you in brainstorming and proposing applicable concepts, please take a look at our previous activities at:

Please feel free to email us with any questions at

We look forward to hearing from you!
One Stop Family Pop Up

The project is supported by Citizens Committee for NYC, and New York Foundation for the Arts.

Monday, January 22, 2018

StopGap pilot for 2018

We are planning to carry out a StopGap pilot project in the Astoria area of Queens.

We would like to replicate and spread the work of StopGap, a Canadian organization improving accessibility via the creation and distribution of portable ramps. This proposal is a pilot project focused on the Astoria area of Queens, where Christine and Rica currently live.
These image are from StopGap Foundation Canada

We plan to engage local establishments to commit to being a part of our StopGap pilot, create a reasonable number of custom-made ramps for those establishments within a limited budget and time frame, and donate the ramps to them for use. The ramps improve access and inclusion so that all members of society can access public and private spaces. Participating in our project would be largely beneficial to establishment owners as well; they do not need to pay a high cost to install a permanent ramp, nor get a permit for the approval to have it available on the premises in order to increase their clientele or customer base.
We will collaborate with woodworking students from a local high school, and other maternal groups to bring the project to fruition.
Using the pilot to create detailed records regarding the cost, time, roadblocks and best practices, we will utilize this information to expand the project to other areas in NYC.

Christine's Story:  I have a young child, and therefore an incredibly hard time entering establishments with steps or raised entrances while pushing a stroller. The same difficulties are experienced by thousands of other caregivers in the Astoria area, along with those who use walkers, canes, wheelchairs, and scooters.  
In November of 2017, through my UP-STAND advocacy work improving accessibility on behalf of families, I came across StopGap. StopGap creates custom-made, portable ramps as a solution to improve accessibility in older cities and towns that were built before ADA standards were developed or universal design was introduced. Old cities and towns like New York commonly have unmanageable entrance gaps and steps, preventing access for a large segment of the population – those of us who are disabled, elderly, pregnant, and parenting community members. With this project, I aim to improve access for us all to create a more vibrant, inclusive community.
 Rica's Story: Since 2014, my friend, a wheelchair user, has often visited NYC from Japan. I wanted to invite her to my favorite restaurants and cafes while she was here. However, when there was a small gap or even a 1/2" step up at a door, it rendered the establishment inaccessible to my friend. I was shocked because the gap was very small for me to step over and I had never thought about how such a small thing would make it impossible for her to enter and enjoy the delicious food at any of these locations.
We looked for restaurants throughout the city, but many establishments were inaccessible. I realize that NYC has many old beautiful buildings since it has a long history, and it is not easy to be an inclusive city for everyone; when I learned about the StopGap project, I was glad to find a way to make our city more inclusive. I hope that, one by one, it will be possible for us to do this and the day will come that I can bring my friend to my favorite cafes.

Monday, January 1, 2018

One Stop Family Pop Up for 2018

This image depicts our expanded plan for the One Stop Family Pop Up in 2018.  
We are planing to host the project at family-events in NYC Parks and public spaces.
The exhibit will have two walled tents, 10x10 feet each. 

A guest artist will be stationed at one tent. There, the parent artist will hold an art show and workshop that relates to family living.

The other tent will be a private lactation tent near a diaper changing station. There will be a priority seating area as well. 

People can use diapers, wipes,  hand sanitizer, manual breast pumps,  lactation pads, etc. as needed.

These are accommodations that all families need but are still not publicly provided in our community. When made available, they enable people to stay and enjoy events for a much longer period of time rather than rushing home to breastfeed, pump, or change a diaper. 
Our awareness initiatives celebrate maternal health and serve to improve access for pregnant women and parents.

We will also hold workshops so that people can make a lasting c
ommitment to being family-friendly. For example, at a pin making workshop, participants may create slogans like, “Pregnant? Take my seat” or "I support breastfeeding" to wear on their shirts, hats, or bags to display their support in public on an ongoing basis.

We will give small business owners in the community our “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” and “Priority Seating” signs to put on their doors or in their windows.


Example 1
Performance/WS by a guest mother artist
images from Immigrant Artists at September Boogie On The Boulevard 2017, photo by David Centeno

DeborahWasserman held an interactive salad-making workshop entitled, “Your Body is a Temple”. Passerbys gazed at beautiful, natural, and clean greens at the table. The artists led people to make salad with fresh ingredients and share them with each other.

Example 2
Artwork/WS by a guest mother artist
images from Immigrant Artists at September Boogie On The Boulevard 2017, photo by David Centeno

YasuyoTanaka held a “Health Karuta(Cards)” workshop and introduced safe, natural plant colors to paper, felt pens, and crayons.
Participants drew a health catchword and its image on cards. A WS like this one helps us to share ideas about our health while playing together.

If you are interested in our project, please feel free to contact us!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

BOOGIE at Boogie On The Boulevard !

The Second Art Show and Workshops at Boogie On The Boulevard's outdoor event, Bronx
August 20th, 2017, 12-4pm

We set up a tent for our information table and pin making workshop. We displayed two big signs that explained our project/history and how to participate in the project.

With the Peek-a-boo, we explained how the world changed when we were pregnant, and asked participants to see the world as a pregnant woman to gain empathy.

Many young men and women, and even elderly men, tried the belly sculpture that weighed 20-lbs; the water bottles inside the sculpture simulated the average belly of a pregnant woman.  

Make Your Own Pin Workshop, 2 ¼” button.
After trying the interactive sculpture, participants wrote their commitment to support pregnant women and new parents in their own languages, and then created their own pins on-site.

At the pilot event we held, 50 people participated in the pin making workshop in four hours. Participants took their pins with them to display on their bags or person while in public to show their ongoing support for pregnant women and families.

Friday, June 30, 2017


We are planning two projects for 2018:
One Stop Family Pop Up project
Stop Gap pilot project

Let us first tell you who we are.
We are Christine Serdjenian Yearwood and Rica Takashima.
Christine Serdjenian Yearwood is the Founder and CEO of UP-STAND.
The UP-STAND movement works to improve accessibility 
for pregnant women and caregivers across the United States.
Rica Takashima is a Manga graphic novelist and participatory public art artist. 

We met by chance at an Astoria community market at the end of 2016,
and we have since started two projects together. 

We are a group of mothers –
We bring attention to the accommodations that pregnant women 
and families need in order to make New York City more family-friendly and accessible. 
Working together, we can draw attention to this cause, 
increase awareness about our movements, and provide practical follow-up information
 and materials to support pregnant women and families.

If you are interested in our project, please feel free to contact us!

Our first Pop Up!
MOMpreneurs’ Show & Tell Event at Astoria Park 
June 2017
A family-friendly interactive art show using a Peekaboo-sculpture and a wearable-sculpture.

Our practical accommodations: Diaper changing station, and lactation tent.
We also provided a priority seating area and stroller parking section.

Christine’s story: 
After giving birth and starting the UP-STAND movement, I listened to countless pregnancy horror stories about a lack of accommodations and inaccessible spaces - Trying to find a store that would offer a restroom, health complications from being expected to perform dangerous work, standing too long with circulation issues, carrying something too heavy, fainting from exhaustion or motion sickness, and being shoved in line or onto crowded trains. 
Pregnancy can change a woman’s body in extreme ways: Fatigue, nausea, backaches and headaches, dizziness, a shifting center of gravity and imbalance, carpal tunnel syndrome and a poor grip, leg cramps, sciatica, and blurry vision. Many women experience these health complications starting before pregnancy is visible and lasting through labor and delivery.
Many people are also unaware of these typical changes, and are even less aware of the serious complications women can experience during pregnancy. 
New York treats pregnancy as something that may be accommodated as a courtesy, but has almost zero institutional, practical support to make public spaces and transportation accessible. The same goes for parents trying to participate in our social and economic lives with children in tow. Our movement encourages people and places to change these norms by providing family-friendly accommodations as policy whenever possible.

Rica’s story:
The reason I am doing this is because when I was pregnant years ago, I experienced many things that I had never imagined before. My sense of taste became sensitive and I could clearly differentiate between organic and non-organic vegetables and other produce. I cooked more at home.
My sense of smell had become sensitive as well. I was concerned about the smell of detergents and bleach. I started to use natural, safe detergents such as baking soda and soap. I was concerned about the bad smell of pollution in urban cities and got used to spending time in the park and the suburbs. After giving birth, I lost the this sensitivity and returned to the way my senses had been before pregnancy, but since that time I began to think about recycling, organic foods, and the environment more seriously. I started to tell my story to people, and wish people think more about pregnant women, babies and the environment to improve our communities.


1 Stop Family Pop Up @Ditmars Park!

It was a really nice weather day to our event. Thanks a lot  Friends of Ditmars Park   for having us ! Moms enjoy our private space...