New York City Community

Center for Urban Pedagogy

Good Neighbor Grant

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement. CUP projects are collaborations of art and design professionals, community-based advocates and policymakers, and CUP staff to demystify the urban policy and planning issues that impact our communities, so that more individuals can better participate in shaping them. Together, they 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 that 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.

CUP’s work has been recognized and awarded a 2009 Union Square Arts Award, a 2001 Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund Ward, the 2012 Curry Stone Design Prize, and two 2013 Core 77 Design Awards.

The Illumination Fund is providing organizational support to enable CUP to advance its Community Education and Youth Education programs.

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