Participatory Budgeting

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Participatory Budgeting

Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

Child Support?!

Making Policy Public

Child Support?!

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Urban Investigations

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Welcome to Health Care!

Making Policy Public

Welcome to Health Care!

What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

Participants by Project

Students from  $ Breakdown

Students from $ Breakdown

CUP and CUP teaching artist Douglas Paulson worked with students from College Now at Brooklyn College on an Urban ... more

Students from $ Breakdown

CUP and CUP teaching artist Douglas Paulson worked with students from College Now at Brooklyn College on an Urban Investigation about neighborhood financial services. Those students were: Roodlyne Vilsaint, Kimberly Saintelus, Maniza Pritila, Alyssa Lau, Cynthia Dunston, Tommi Ann Davis, Shannae Braham, Alexa Betancourt.

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Sam Holleran

Sam Holleran

Is an artist, designer, and writer. Sam was CUP’s Communications Coordinator from 2011 to 2014. He attended the the ... more

Sam Holleran

Is an artist, designer, and writer. Sam was CUP’s Communications Coordinator from 2011 to 2014. He attended the the Cooper Union where he was the recipient of the Herb Lubalin Fellowship for Typography and the Benjamin Menschel Fellowship for Creative Inquiry. Sam has worked extensively in printmaking; his fields of interest include: photogravure, letterpress, Ukiyo-e, and silkscreen.

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Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria is a visual storyteller who creates tools for participation in collaboration with social justice organizations. She ... more

Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria is a visual storyteller who creates tools for participation in collaboration with social justice organizations. She also consults with cultural institutions, education non-profits, and others on community engagement and youth education. Valeria was formerly the Deputy Director of CUP, where over the course of eight years she created popular education tools with community-based organizations and developed curricula to help public high school students change the way the see their own neighborhoods. She has shared her thoughts on project-based learning, collaboration, and design for social impact at places like the New Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt, Pratt Institute, and institutions from Indianapolis to Rotterdam. Valeria holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Modern Culture and Media.

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Douglas Paulson

Douglas Paulson

Douglas Paulson is an artist who explores the ways people construct cultural moments and spaces through ... more

Douglas Paulson

Douglas Paulson is an artist who explores the ways people construct cultural moments and spaces through collaboration.  Douglas has organized and participated in expansive projects, adventures, and shows across the U.S. and Europe, and loves asking the question: “What art are you for?”  

He is the New York wing of the international collective Parfyme, initiator of an informal collaborative group Action Club and a member of Flux Factory, where he runs the residency program.  As a CUP teaching artist, he explored vacant property in Flatbush with middle school students, street-level banking mechanisms, and affordable housing placement with high school students.

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Students from  Air it Out

Students from Air it Out

CUP and CUP teaching artist Heidi Neilson worked with students from Lyons Community School in Brooklyn on “Air it ... more

Students from Air it Out

CUP and CUP teaching artist Heidi Neilson worked with students from Lyons Community School in Brooklyn on “Air it Out,” a City Studies about NYC’s air pollution. Those students were Jonathan Bryant, Jordan Byrdsell, Monica Castro, Kamani Harrell, Elijah Harris, Devale Johnson, Marcell Lopez, Matthew Lopez, Jahquon Mackey, David Mahon, Lleymi Martinez, Shearod Meadows, Devante Mitchell, Isaiah Morales, Jayda Nadal, Isabel Negron, Andrew Ruiz, Francisco Santos, Ebanny Santiago, and Destiny Soto.

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Pema Domingo-Barker

Pema Domingo-Barker

Pema was CUP’s Program Assistant for youth education programs. She previously worked at the Queens Museum and was a ... more

Pema Domingo-Barker

Pema was CUP’s Program Assistant for youth education programs. She previously worked at the Queens Museum and was a Public Allies New York fellow. Pema grew up in Bangkok and went on to study art at the University of Washington and the University of the Arts London.

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Sam Holleran

Sam Holleran

Is an artist, designer, and writer. Sam was CUP’s Communications Coordinator from 2011 to 2014. He attended the the ... more

Sam Holleran

Is an artist, designer, and writer. Sam was CUP’s Communications Coordinator from 2011 to 2014. He attended the the Cooper Union where he was the recipient of the Herb Lubalin Fellowship for Typography and the Benjamin Menschel Fellowship for Creative Inquiry. Sam has worked extensively in printmaking; his fields of interest include: photogravure, letterpress, Ukiyo-e, and silkscreen.

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Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria is a visual storyteller who creates tools for participation in collaboration with social justice organizations. She ... more

Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria is a visual storyteller who creates tools for participation in collaboration with social justice organizations. She also consults with cultural institutions, education non-profits, and others on community engagement and youth education. Valeria was formerly the Deputy Director of CUP, where over the course of eight years she created popular education tools with community-based organizations and developed curricula to help public high school students change the way the see their own neighborhoods. She has shared her thoughts on project-based learning, collaboration, and design for social impact at places like the New Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt, Pratt Institute, and institutions from Indianapolis to Rotterdam. Valeria holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Modern Culture and Media.

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Heidi Neilson

Heidi Neilson

Heidi Neilson is an artist addressing topics such as weather, fake snow, and the debris in earth’s orbit. Her work, ... more

Heidi Neilson

Heidi Neilson is an artist addressing topics such as weather, fake snow, and the debris in earth’s orbit. Her work, often collaborative and publishing-based, has been supported by the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Center for Book Arts, The Drawing Center, I-Park, the International Print Center New York, the Islip Art Museum, Kala Art Institute, LMCC, the Lower East Side Printshop, Provisions Library, the Queens Museum of Art, Visual Studies Workshop, and Women’s Studio Workshop. She is a member of the ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative, co-founded SP Weather Station, and her work is included in over 60 museum and university collections. As a teaching artist with CUP, she explored air quality with middle school students in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to produce ‘Air It Out.’

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Fatima Abdul-Nabi

Fatima Abdul-Nabi

Fatima was born and raised in NYC and is interested in all things urban. When not working, she likes to ... more

Fatima Abdul-Nabi

Fatima was born and raised in NYC and is interested in all things urban. When not working, she likes to explore and relax in different parks around the city. Fatima is completing her bachelors in urban studies at Barnard College and is teaching this fall’s class on disaster planning. 

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Students from  Are You Ready For A Ruckus?

Students from Are You Ready For A Ruckus?

Students from College Now at New Design High School and the Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law who worked on an ... more

Students from Are You Ready For A Ruckus?

Students from College Now at New Design High School and the Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law who worked on an Urban Investigation about disaster preparedness. Those students were: Christy Chavez, Oscar Fermin, Diosa Melenciano, Rosa Melenciano, Christian Ogando, Christopher Santos, Jeffrey Salazar, Tajanay Sajous, Malik Tucker; with help from Magdiel Ciego, Kymani Hanley, and Danielle Hernandez.

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John Dalessi

John Dalessi

John is a researcher-as-artist who has called Brooklyn his home since 2001.  He is most interested in creating and ... more

John Dalessi

John is a researcher-as-artist who has called Brooklyn his home since 2001. 

He is most interested in creating and experiencing works of art that challenge ideas of social/political formation by way of critical theory. John works in a variety of media, including pen & paper, digital, video, sound, and performance. Some of his influences include: Vito Acconci, Barbara Kruger, the Fluxus movement, Nam June Paik, and Mark Lombardi. 

John has a B.A. in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. His other interests include: postcolonialism, post-9/11 national security, and psychoanalysis.

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Christine Gaspar

Christine Gaspar

Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining ... more

Christine Gaspar

Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining CUP, she was Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she provided architectural design and city planning services to low-income communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, she was identified as one of the “Public Interest Design 100.” She holds Masters in Architecture and in City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

She’s been a CUP fan since 2001, and a staff member since 2009.

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Sam Holleran

Sam Holleran

Is an artist, designer, and writer. Sam was CUP’s Communications Coordinator from 2011 to 2014. He attended the the ... more

Sam Holleran

Is an artist, designer, and writer. Sam was CUP’s Communications Coordinator from 2011 to 2014. He attended the the Cooper Union where he was the recipient of the Herb Lubalin Fellowship for Typography and the Benjamin Menschel Fellowship for Creative Inquiry. Sam has worked extensively in printmaking; his fields of interest include: photogravure, letterpress, Ukiyo-e, and silkscreen.

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Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria is a visual storyteller who creates tools for participation in collaboration with social justice organizations. She ... more

Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria is a visual storyteller who creates tools for participation in collaboration with social justice organizations. She also consults with cultural institutions, education non-profits, and others on community engagement and youth education. Valeria was formerly the Deputy Director of CUP, where over the course of eight years she created popular education tools with community-based organizations and developed curricula to help public high school students change the way the see their own neighborhoods. She has shared her thoughts on project-based learning, collaboration, and design for social impact at places like the New Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt, Pratt Institute, and institutions from Indianapolis to Rotterdam. Valeria holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Modern Culture and Media.

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Clara Amenyo

Clara Amenyo

Clara was the Program Manager for CUP’s Public Access Design program from 2012 to 2014. Before coming to CUP, she ... more

Clara Amenyo

Clara was the Program Manager for CUP’s Public Access Design program from 2012 to 2014. Before coming to CUP, she worked in Structured Credit for Barclays Capital. Clara has a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

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 NICE

NICE

New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) is a community-based, non-profit organization that works to ensure that new ... more

NICE

New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) is a community-based, non-profit organization that works to ensure that new immigrants can build social, political and economic power in their communities and beyond. Over the years, NICE has built community power to effect change for our base, made up primarily of day laborers in the construction industry and domestic workers. We have markedly increased the visibility of the issues facing our base, including wage theft, and have taken the lead and/or joined forces in key campaigns for immigrant workers’ rights, for the rights of immigrant consumers, and for just and humane immigration reform. NICE worked with CUP on ¡No me han pagado!, a guide for day laborers about how to prevent wage theft.

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Caroline Oh

Caroline Oh

Caroline Oh is a designer and educator interested in creating delightful interactive tools for storytelling, learning and ... more

Caroline Oh

Caroline Oh is a designer and educator interested in creating delightful interactive tools for storytelling, learning and play. She is the Lead Designer and Co-founder of TKOH for which she is currently working on Totem, an interactive platform for collecting personal stories, generously supported by the Knight Foundation. Caroline also teaches typography at the Pratt Institute. 

As a 2013 Public Access Design Fellow for CUP, Caroline illustrated and designed ¡No Me Han Pagado!, a pocket book for day laborers to help protect themselves against wage theft, in collaboration with New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE). Caroline holds a Graphic Design MFA from CalArts and a Film BA from the University of Michigan. 

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Alex Tatusian

Alex Tatusian

Alex Tatusian designs publications, records, environments, and magazines.  He works on civic and social problems in ... more

Alex Tatusian

Alex Tatusian designs publications, records, environments, and magazines.  He works on civic and social problems in New York and recommends you read Toyo Ito’s “Architectural Scenery in the Saran Wrap City”. He will gladly get a beer and noodles with you at Deluxe Green Bo.  

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The Fortune Society

The Fortune Society

The Fortune Society, founded in 1967, supports a broad array of alternative-to-incarceration and reentry initiatives for ... more

The Fortune Society

The Fortune Society, founded in 1967, supports a broad array of alternative-to-incarceration and reentry initiatives for people with criminal records. Fortune founded the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP) to coordinate Fortune’s policy development, advocacy, technical assistance, training, and community education efforts. DRCPP promotes programs that support people with criminal records, and works to change the laws and policies that create counterproductive barriers to the successful reentry of people with criminal records into our communities. The Fortune Society Collaborated with CUP on the MPP Barriers to Reentry.

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John Mangin

John Mangin

John Mangin is a construction manager and housing litigator at Fair Share Housing, an affordable housing developer ... more

John Mangin

John Mangin is a construction manager and housing litigator at Fair Share Housing, an affordable housing developer that grew out of the Mount Laurel exclusionary housing cases in the 70’s and 80’s. He was formerly a homebuilder and continues to take building and furniture-making jobs out of his Philadelphia studio. He graduated from Yale Law School in 2008. He was one of three staff members at CUP from 2008 to 2010.  

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Sara McKay

Sara McKay

Sara is a freelance designer based in Brooklyn. She has done work for Elixir Design, Carin Goldberg Design, Number 17, and ... more

Sara McKay

Sara is a freelance designer based in Brooklyn. She has done work for Elixir Design, Carin Goldberg Design, Number 17, and New York Times Magazine. Prior to discovering that she was a designer, she had an entirely different career in social justice-based community planning and development. She worked with CUP to design the Barriers to Reentry MPP.

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Rosten Woo

Rosten Woo

Rosten Woo is a cultural producer living in Los Angeles. He makes work that helps people understand complex systems and ... more

Rosten Woo

Rosten Woo is a cultural producer living in Los Angeles. He makes work that helps people understand complex systems and participate in group decision-making. He produces that work in partnership with local and national groups ranging from the American Human Development Project to the East Los Angeles Community Corporation. His work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial, the New Museum, the Venice Architecture Biennale, Netherlands Architectural Institute, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, on the internet, and in various public housing developments, tugboats, shopping malls, and parks in New York City and Los Angeles. His first book, “Street Value,” was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010. He is co-founder and former executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). His website: www.wehavenoart.net

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The Who in the Q!

Urban Investigations

The Who in the Q!

I Heart East New York

Urban Investigations

I Heart East New York

¡No me han pagado!

Public Access Design

¡No me han pagado!

Bail's Set... What's Next?

Public Access Design

Bail's Set... What's Next?

Zoning It In...

Urban Investigations

Zoning It In...

Level Up

City Studies

Level Up

ICEbreaker

City Studies

ICEbreaker

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?