Soak It Up!

City Studies

Soak It Up!

Bodega Down Bronx

Urban Investigations

Bodega Down Bronx

Welcome to Health Care!

Making Policy Public

Welcome to Health Care!

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Making Policy Public

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Is College For Me?

Public Access Design

Is College For Me?

Keep Your Family's Home

Public Access Design

Keep Your Family's Home

About CUP

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement particularly among underrepresented communities. CUP projects demystify the urban policy and planning issues that impact our communities, so that more individuals can better participate in shaping them.

We believe that increasing understanding of how these systems work is the first step to better and more diverse community participation.

CUP projects are collaborations of art and design professionals, community-based advocates and policymakers, and our staff. Together we take on complex issues—from the juvenile justice system to zoning law to food access—and break them down into simple, accessible, visual explanations.

The tools we create are used by organizers and educators all over New York City and beyond to help their constituents better advocate for their own community needs.

Website design: Linked by Air

Find out more about CUP through this short video from the Curry Stone Design Prize.


Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Making Policy Public

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

Good Cops? Bad Cops? More Cops? No Cops?

Urban Investigations

Good Cops? Bad Cops? More Cops? No Cops?

Up Closed and Personal

Urban Investigations

Up Closed and Personal

Engage to Change

Technical Assistance

Engage to Change

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Making Policy Public

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Soda Census

City Studies

Soda Census

If You Can Make It Here...

Urban Investigations

If You Can Make It Here...