Ready, Set, Apply!

Technical Assistance

Ready, Set, Apply!

Store Stories

City Studies

Store Stories

Language Rights are Civil Rights!

Public Access Design

Language Rights are Civil Rights!

A Fair Chance

Making Policy Public

A Fair Chance

Vendor Power!

Making Policy Public

Vendor Power!

Bottled Up

City Studies

Bottled Up

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.


Making Change

City Studies

Making Change

Lotto Zone

Urban Investigations

Lotto Zone

We care!

Making Policy Public

We care!

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Making the Grade

Urban Investigations

Making the Grade

What's in the water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the water?

Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

Show UP

Public Access Design

Show UP