Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

From Shelter to Apartment

Making Policy Public

From Shelter to Apartment

Yours to Keep

Making Policy Public

Yours to Keep

What Options Doc?

Urban Investigations

What Options Doc?

Your Guide to Welfare in NYC

Making Policy Public

Your Guide to Welfare in NYC

Is There A Pattern?

Urban Investigations

Is There A Pattern?

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.


Up Closed and Personal

Urban Investigations

Up Closed and Personal

Whose Art?

City Studies

Whose Art?

Swept Up

Urban Investigations

Swept Up

Welcome to Health Care!

Making Policy Public

Welcome to Health Care!

Get It Back!

Public Access Design

Get It Back!

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

City Studies

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

Talking Trash: Throwing Out the Big Apple

Urban Investigations

Talking Trash: Throwing Out the Big Apple

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?