Talking Trash: Throwing Out the Big Apple

Urban Investigations

Talking Trash: Throwing Out the Big Apple

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

City Studies

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Urban Investigations

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Ready, Set, Apply!

Technical Assistance

Ready, Set, Apply!

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Making Policy Public

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Making the Grade

Urban Investigations

Making the Grade

Debut of Museumopolis

Debut of _Museumopolis_

What is the role of a museum today? A place for quiet contemplation? A giant fun house? A really artsy mall? Museums are wildly diverse in their sizes, annual operating budgets, missions, and their urban context.

This summer 15 public high school students from across the Hudson Valley participated in an Urban Investigation project in collaboration with CUP, the Dia Art Foundation, and teaching artist Katarzyna Balug. The group asked: "What is the role of a museum in a city?" 

To get answers, they interviewed directors, curators, and educators from art and historical museums as well as artists, academics, and cultural consultants to examine different ways a museum can impact a city. Through their research, museums were portrayed as temples for reflection, educational institutions, tourist magnets, and incubators for community activities.

Back in the classroom, the group prototyped museums for centuries from now: museums that lack walls, that are utopian, dystopian, carved from precious stones, or run by residents. These models form the bedrock of an illustrated booklet they created to teach others what they learned and present alternative museum futures. The book will be available for sale at the event and as a free download on the CUP and Dia websites.

On Saturday, October 5th at Dia:Chelsea students were joined in conversation by Yasmil Raymond, curator of Dia Art Foundation; Prerana Reddy, Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement for the Queens Museum; and Gonzalo Casals, former Director of Education and Public Programs at El Museo del Barrio, and discussed the students’ project and other innovative community-based models at museums.

This project is a collaboration of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), Dia Art Foundation, CUP teaching artist Katarzyna Balug, and selected students from Dutchess County. It is supported, in part, by the Dyson Foundation.

Rent Regulation Rights

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights

Now Boarding

Urban Investigations

Now Boarding

Field Guide to Federalism

City Studies

Field Guide to Federalism

The Cargo Chain

Making Policy Public

The Cargo Chain

Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

H2 Oh No!

Technical Assistance

H2 Oh No!