Voters Rule

City Studies

Voters Rule

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Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

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Public Access Design

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Shelter Skelter

Urban Investigations

Shelter Skelter

En El Campo De Los Impuestos

Making Policy Public

En El Campo De Los Impuestos

Blunt Conversations

Urban Investigations

Blunt Conversations

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.


A Fair Chance

Making Policy Public

A Fair Chance

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Public Access Design

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The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Displaced From This Place?

Urban Investigations

Displaced From This Place?

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Making Policy Public

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Making Policy Public

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Making Policy Public

Figuring Out Health Insurance