Stand Up to Clean Up!

Public Access Design

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Urban Investigations

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Food Stamped

City Studies

Food Stamped

Don't Bank On It

Making Policy Public

Don't Bank On It

How Can I Improve My Park?

Making Policy Public

How Can I Improve My Park?

Power Trip

Urban Investigations

Power Trip

About CUP

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses design and art to improve 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.


Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Making Policy Public

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Mean Streets

City Studies

Mean Streets

Predatory Equity

Making Policy Public

Predatory Equity

Child Support?!

Making Policy Public

Child Support?!

Bodega Down Bronx

Urban Investigations

Bodega Down Bronx

Government in Plain Sight

City Studies

Government in Plain Sight

Don't Bank On It

Making Policy Public

Don't Bank On It