The Center for Urban Pedagogy


A colorful, vibrant image of many folks collaged onto a blue sky background, doing various things such as talking in a microphone, riding a unicorn, and throwing up peace signs. They are all surrounding a drum that has the word CUP on it, and the drum is sitting on a mound of dirt and flowers

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 they 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.





The front page of a blue and red color pamphlet with the title "Immigrants & NY" printed boldly across the cover. There are line drawings of a diverse group of people and a short paragraph in both English and Spanish starting with “All immigrants have rights in New York”.

Immigrants & NY, 2018. Color pamphlet, 8 x 11 inches; unfolded, 22 x 32 inches. Produced by the Center for Urban Pedagogy (Oscar Nuñez, Clair Beltran, and Ingrid Haftel), the New York Immigration Coalition (Mayra Aldás-Deckert, Kemah E. George, and Samantha Van Doran), and Luiza Dale. Courtesy the Center for Urban Pedagogy