Immigrants & NY

Making Policy Public

Immigrants & NY

New School on the Block

City Studies

New School on the Block

The Internet is Serious Business

Urban Investigations

The Internet is Serious Business

Making the Grade

Urban Investigations

Making the Grade

Engage to Change

Technical Assistance

Engage to Change

Government in Plain Sight

City Studies

Government in Plain Sight

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.


Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

Lunchroom Digest

City Studies

Lunchroom Digest

Is Justice For All?

City Studies

Is Justice For All?

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Pay Dirt

City Studies

Pay Dirt

Scary, Ok With it, Good

City Studies

Scary, Ok With it, Good

What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

Is Your Neighborhood Getting Too Expensive?

Technical Assistance