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This year’s election is important. But voting isn’t the only way to play an active role in building our democracy and working towards meaningful social change.

There are a million ways to take civic action every day. Which will you take?

At CUP, every one of our projects gives us a chance to think about what civic action can mean. We want to share that with you. This year, instead of holding our annual fundraising event, we want to do something that speaks to and supports the energy of this moment.  

We’re doing that with Civic Action Every Day, a series of online programs, to help folks find ways to make deeper commitments to everyday civic action. Each event is an opportunity to support CUP’s work, while learning from CUP staff and partners about ways to weave civic activism into your life. 

Use our youth education methods to manage your stress and process the news so you can stay engaged, learn about creating meaningful probono collaborations, and hear from our grassroots partners about how to engage in ways that support marginalized communities and their visions for change.

Get engaged and support CUP by joining us for our upcoming programs! The suggested donation for entry is $75, but all donations amounts are welcome. All the funds we raise support CUP’s work collaborating with marginalized communities to build their civic power.

Read on to get your tickets now!

To learn more about Sponsorship, click here or email frampton@welcometocup.org

This series is made possible in part by special Leadership Support from David Smiley and Lauren Kogod.  

Investigating Current Events Through Art!

Thursday, November 12th, 6:30pm via Zoom

Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to be a student in CUP’s youth education programs? Are you trying to process your thoughts and feelings about the latest news cycle? This is the program for you! Join CUP’s Youth Education Program Manager Fielding Hong for a peek inside our programs and explore current events through art, just like our students do! In this hands-on, interactive workshop, Fielding will lead participants through one of the activities we use in our award-winning project-based learning programs. Participants will process a current news story, through art-making, and learn about how CUP students have used this activity in the past to process what they’ve learned around issues impacting their communities, including displacement, police accountability, and community surveillance. This program is a great way to get a rare inside look into the way CUP works!

SIGN UP HERE

Link to Zoom login will be sent with confirmation of rsvp at least one week before the event. 

How to do Pro Bono Work to Support Communities

Tuesday, November 17th, 3pm via Zoom

Right now, many creative professionals like graphic designers, artists, architects, and others are looking for ways to support communities with their expertise. Pro bono work can provide meaningful work to organizations with limited resources. But the history and practice of pro bono work also includes unfulfilled promises, incomplete work, and damaged relationships. While CUP doesn’t engage in pro-bono work, we recognize the value it can hold for all parties involved. This workshop is focused on addressing the common challenges of pro-bono design collaborations, with a focus on helping designers show up in a way that centers community needs, and getting to an outcome that leads to real impact.

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Link to Zoom login will be sent with confirmation of rsvp 24 hours before the event. 

Civic Engagement Beyond Voting: How You Can Get Involved

Wednesday, December 9th, 3pm via Zoom

What does a more just daily practice of civic engagement look? How can your civic action support the work that marginalized communities are doing to create meaningful social change?

As many civically minded people try to put their values into practice after an unprecedented election, this summer’s uprisings for racial justice, and the challenges of Covid, CUP created this program as an opportunity to explore meaningful ways to be civically engaged while taking the lead from marginalized communities. Join us for a frank conversation with Lovelie Tejada, Manager of Community Engagement at the New York Immigration Coalition; Kesi Foster, Lead Organizer at Make the Road NY and NYC Community Funding Committee Co-Chair at North Star Fund; and Basma Eid, Programs Coordinator at Freedom to Thrive.

We’ll discuss what civic action looks like to our partners, and how individuals can support this work in respectful and meaningful ways.

SIGN UP HERE

Link to Zoom login will be sent with confirmation of rsvp 24 hours before the event. 

Yes! I want to sponsor the Civic Action Every Day Series!

All sponsorships include name and logo (if applicable) featured in online event presentation, in CUP’s e-newsletter, listing on CUP’s website, and a special CUP gift. Your name and logo will be seen by more than 28,000 CUP subscribers in our emails and on social media. Lead Sponsors will also be able to attend all events (up to 4 tickets per event), receive copies of all CUP projects completed this year, and be acknowledged during each program.

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All proceeds go to the Center for Urban Pedagogy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement.

CUP BOARD

David Smiley, Chair
Ariel Fausto, Vice Chair
Beom Jun Kim, Treasurer
Inbar Kishoni, Secretary
Christine Coletta
Sabrina Hall
Rebecca Karp
Ayanna Oliver-Taylor
Jeremy Robinson-Leon 
Dan Wiley
Mari Yahagi

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