Community Education

Technical Assistance
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About Technical Assistance

Visual information is all around us. From advertisements to artwork, images have the power to tell stories that reach across barriers of literacy and language. CUP collaborates with community and advocacy organizations and with award-winning graphic designers and artists to bring that power to the complex policy and planning issues that are critical to our communities.

Through our Technical Assistance program, organizations working on challenging social justice issues that could benefit from a visual explanation can hire CUP to create custom educational and outreach tools. CUP will work with organizations to identify the format for the outreach tool, hire a designer to collaborate on the project, and facilitate the process of breaking down the topic into simple visuals and accessible language.

CUP does not provide funding for these projects, but your organization may be eligible for funding through Technical Assistance grants provided by your current funders.

If you would like to learn more about the program or hire CUP to collaborate on a project, contact us at info (at)


Nueva guía para obtener acceso a vivienda popular
  • NY1 Noticias
  • January 12, 2017

“No es solo el problema de viviendas asequibles, sino también es el problema de mejorar las situaciones financieras de los neoyorquinos, y entonces de esa idea nació ese proyecto”, señaló Oscar Núñez, del Centro de Pedagogía Urbana.

Agencies Create New Guide on Steps to Take to Apply for Affordable Housing and Putting Together a Strong Application
  • NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development
  • January 10, 2017

Based on the initial findings, HPD, DCA and the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), with support from Citi Foundation and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, also created Ready, Set, Apply: Getting Ready for Affordable Housing in NYC (Spanish), a friendly and approachable guide outlining the steps to apply for affordable housing and how to prepare a strong application.

A punchy new guide from the Center for Urban Pedagogy shows architects how not to be Dicks
  • The Architect’s Newspaper
  • July 08, 2016

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) teamed up with the Equity CollectiveChristine Gaspar, executive director of CUPTheresa Hwang, founder and director of Department of Places; and Liz Ogbu, founder and principal of Studio O—and illustrator Ping Zhu to produce Dick & Rick: A Visual Primer for Social Impact Design, a gently didactic pictorial for architects on the dos and don’ts of community-engaged design.

As their names suggest, Dick is the Goofus to Rick’s Gallant. The 15-page spread walks readers through the design process in each architect’s respective office: In a stroll around the neighborhood, Rick spies a flier for a community meeting about parks, and wonders if he could lend his skills to the project. Dick reads a news piece about the same initiative and, pen aloft, offers help to “them.”

Direct Democracy Comes to Harlem
  • Bill Moyers
  • April 16, 2012

Ordinary citizens young and old were given the unusual power to decide how millions of their city districts’ budgets were spent.