Test Ride

City Studies

Test Ride

New School on the Block

City Studies

New School on the Block

Scary, Ok With it, Good

City Studies

Scary, Ok With it, Good

Fast-Tracked

Urban Investigations

Fast-Tracked

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

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. 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.


A Fair Chance

Making Policy Public

A Fair Chance

Welcome to Health Care!

Making Policy Public

Welcome to Health Care!

Language Rights are Civil Rights!

Public Access Design

Language Rights are Civil Rights!

Work Forced

Public Access Design

Work Forced

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Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

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Urban Investigations

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