What's On Your Plate?

City Studies

What's On Your Plate?

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Making Policy Public

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Show Me the Money!

City Studies

Show Me the Money!

Soak It Up!

City Studies

Soak It Up!

¡El poder de prepararse!

Public Access Design

¡El poder de prepararse!

Trouble With Your Water Bill?

Public Access Design

Trouble With Your Water Bill?

What we do

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement.

CUP collaborates with designers, educators, advocates, students, and communities to make educational tools that demystify complex policy and planning issues.

We believe that increasing understanding of how these systems work is the first step to better, more equitable, and more diverse community participation. ... more

Spotlight on

We are writing to share important news about CUP’s future and our journey over the last 13 years. After joining us as Executive Director in 2009, our leader and dear friend Christine Gaspar will step down from her role in September 2022, to make space for the next exciting chapter in the organization’s story.

CUP Announces Leadership Transition

We are writing to share important news about CUP’s future and our journey over the last 13 years. After joining us as Executive Director in 2009, our leader and dear friend Christine Gaspar will step down from her role in September 2022, to make space for the next exciting chapter in the organization’s story. ... more
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Community
Education

Making Policy Public Envisioning Development Technical Assistance Public Access Design
Making Policy Public Envisioning Development Technical Assistance Public Access Design

Projects that make planning and policy issues accessible to lay audiences.

Making Policy Public

Collaborations of CUP, designers, and advocacy organizations to create visual explanations of complex policy topics.

Envisioning Development

Interactive teaching tools, guides, and workshops about land use and urban development issues.

Technical Assistance

Commissioned projects to bring design thinking to planning and community design.

Public Access Design

Multimedia projects that use design to make complex urban issues accessible to the New Yorkers most affected by them.

Youth
Education

Urban Investigations City Studies Teacher Trainings
Urban Investigations City Studies Teacher Trainings

Civics education through experiential, project-based curricula.

Urban Investigations

Afterschool programs that give young people the tools to investigate their communities, and use art and design to create educational tools based on their research.

City Studies

Project-based, in-class and afterschool programs that use design and art as tools to research the city.

Teacher Trainings

Commissioned professional development and projects to help teachers connect their curricula to neighborhood issues and community design.

Public
Programs

Events Workshops
Events Workshops

Interdisciplinary and multimedia programming related to CUP projects.

Events

Launch events, lectures, screenings, exhibits, parties, and other public happenings related to CUP projects.

Workshops

Interactive, tactile, visual presentations on policy and planning issues using CUP educational tools.

The Water Underground

Urban Investigations

The Water Underground

It's Not Just Personal

Making Policy Public

It's Not Just Personal

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

City Studies

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

Get It Back!

Public Access Design

Get It Back!

Don't Get Iced

Public Access Design

Don't Get Iced

What Do Incarcerated Parents Need to Know About ACS?

Technical Assistance

What Do Incarcerated Parents Need to Know About ACS?

We Own It

Making Policy Public

We Own It