Innocent Until Proven Risky

Making Policy Public

Innocent Until Proven Risky

Free For All?

City Studies

Free For All?

Our Voice, Our Choice

Urban Investigations

Our Voice, Our Choice

What is asylum?

Making Policy Public

What is asylum?

Prison Profits: Who Pays The Price

City Studies

Prison Profits: Who Pays The Price

New School on the Block

City Studies

New School on the Block

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.


Voters Rule

City Studies

Voters Rule

Common Cents

City Studies

Common Cents

Language Rights are Civil Rights!

Public Access Design

Language Rights are Civil Rights!

Pay Up!

City Studies

Pay Up!

The Fresh Producers

Urban Investigations

The Fresh Producers

Soda Census

City Studies

Soda Census

Draw the line!

Technical Assistance

Draw the line!

Ready, Set, Apply!

Technical Assistance

Ready, Set, Apply!