Blunt Conversations

Urban Investigations

Blunt Conversations

The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Housing Court Help

Public Access Design

Housing Court Help

It's Not Just Personal

Making Policy Public

It's Not Just Personal

Free For All?

City Studies

Free For All?

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.


Your Truth, Your Rights

Public Access Design

Your Truth, Your Rights

The Deciders

City Studies

The Deciders

The Fresh Producers

Urban Investigations

The Fresh Producers

Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

Don't Get Iced

Public Access Design

Don't Get Iced

Child Support?!

Making Policy Public

Child Support?!

Fast Trash

City Studies

Fast Trash

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party