Get Support in Housing Court

Making Policy Public

Get Support in Housing Court

It's Not Just in Our Heads

Urban Investigations

It's Not Just in Our Heads

Innocent Until Proven Risky

Making Policy Public

Innocent Until Proven Risky

We Own It

Making Policy Public

We Own It

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Shelter Skelter

Urban Investigations

Shelter Skelter

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.


Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

Social Security Risk Machine

Making Policy Public

Social Security Risk Machine

Reclaim Your Worker Rights

Making Policy Public

Reclaim Your Worker Rights

Your Truth, Your Rights

Public Access Design

Your Truth, Your Rights

Don't Bank On It

Making Policy Public

Don't Bank On It

What Up With DAT?

Technical Assistance

Parents' Rights During COVID-19

Technical Assistance

Parents' Rights During COVID-19

Seeking Sanctuary

Urban Investigations

Seeking Sanctuary