The Center for Urban Pedagogy

The Center for Urban Pedagogy The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to improve civic engagement. CUP collaborates with designers, educators, advocates, students, and communities to make educational tools that demystify complex policy and planning issues.
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We believe that increasing understanding of how these systems work is the first step to better, more equitable, and more diverse community participation.

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Despite the pandemic, Sucharitha and the rest of CUP staff have kept on working (remotely) with individuals to learn abo...
01/07/2021

Despite the pandemic, Sucharitha and the rest of CUP staff have kept on working (remotely) with individuals to learn about their experiences with issues like landlord harassment, and to make sure the materials we create provide the information folks need to take action.

Throughout the year we’ve collaborated with our community partners to help people hit hardest by COVID-19 understand their rights during the pandemic, including parents’ rights to technology access for their children’s education, tenants’ rights around evictions, and more.

Will you join us in making more work that really matters? Make a donation to CUP today!

http://welcometocup.org/Donate

You're invited! Join CUP students on Tuesday, Jan 12th at 5:30pm EST for the virtual debut of their short film investiga...
01/05/2021
CUP: Red Hook Urban Investigations Launch Event

You're invited! Join CUP students on Tuesday, Jan 12th at 5:30pm EST for the virtual debut of their short film investigating police accountability in NYC.

Over the past several months, students from the Red Hook Community Justice Center collaborated with CUP and Teaching Artist Marianna Olinger to explore how policing impacts their neighborhoods.

Students interviewed community members and stakeholders over Zoom, and used film and photography to investigate how policing impacts their neighborhoods. CUP even mailed students art supplies, including a home screen printing kit and digital cameras to make art remotely.

We’re excited to premiere their short documentary film next week! Following the film, the program will also include a presentation and Q&A session.

Tuesday, January 12th
5:30-6:30pm EST

Email [email protected] for the zoom link, and to reserve your spot! (Please use the subject line “Red Hook Launch”)

http://welcometocup.org/NewsAndEvents/RedHookUrbanInvestigationsLaunchEvent

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CUP is hiring a (paid!) intern to start in February 2021! As a CUP intern, you’ll assist with several projects and learn...
12/16/2020

CUP is hiring a (paid!) intern to start in February 2021! As a CUP intern, you’ll assist with several projects and learn about CUP’s methods for using design to meet community needs. Applications are due January 11th-- learn more and apply here: http://welcometocup.org/NewsAndEvents/CUPIsHiringAnIntern2021

Join our friends at COVID Straight Talk this Thursday night for a virtual Town Hall (in Spanish and English)! This Town ...
12/14/2020

Join our friends at COVID Straight Talk this Thursday night for a virtual Town Hall (in Spanish and English)! This Town Hall will cover best practices for indoor ventilation to reduce the risk of vulnerable frontline workers contracting COVID-19 as well as opportunities for you to voice your own needs regarding air ventilation policy. The event also features several guest speakers from around the country to help explain the importance of indoor air ventilation.

Learn more or register for the event here: https://bit.ly/airtownhall
Check out COVID Straight Talk here: https://covidstraighttalk.org

12/11/2020

For the latest Meet the Designer, CUP's series where we spotlight our art + design partners, we sat down (virtually) with designer and Teaching Artist Kevin Cadena!

Since Kevin has collaborated with CUP as a Public Access Design Fellow ('18), Teaching Artist Fellow ('19), and designed our The Bronx is Blossoming project site, we knew he’d have a lot to share about his process!

Get to know Kevin here: http://welcometocup.org/NewsAndEvents/MeetTheDesignerKevinCadena

And don't miss The Bronx is Blossoming! Check it out here: http://welcometocup.org/Projects/CityStudies/TheBronxIsBlossoming
Who’s An Essential Worker Curriculum Guide available here: http://www.welcometocup.org/Projects/TeacherTrainings/WhosAnEssentialWorker

12/10/2020

Over a hundred thousand people find themselves in the New York City shelter system every year. Homelessness and shelter living can be incredibly stressful, and often leaves individuals vulnerable to unjust treatment from shelter staff and unsuitable living conditions.

The Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center teamed up with CUP and design studio 13milliseconds to a guide that breaks down people’s rights in homeless shelters and the different programs available to help them leave shelters and find affordable, permanent housing. The guide includes rights that residents may have, like transportation benefits, storage grants, and what to do when your rights have been violated.

Safety Net Project is distributing the poster at different shelters throughout the city, through their network of partner organizations who are also working with homeless New Yorkers, and at their weekly legal clinics.

Available in English and Spanish, download a copy here: http://welcometocup.org/Projects/MakingPolicyPublic/FromShelterToApartment

Join us next week on December 9th at 3PM for a frank conversation about ways to be civically engaged beyond voting! Pane...
12/01/2020
Civic Engagement Beyond Voting: How You Can Get Involved

Join us next week on December 9th at 3PM for a frank conversation about ways to be civically engaged beyond voting! Panelists include Lovelie Tejada, Manager of Civic Engagement at New York Immigration Coalition and Kesi Foster, Lead Organizer at Make the Road New York.

Hear about how individuals can connect, with a focus on taking the lead from marginalized communities and showing up in respectful ways.

11/30/2020

Only a few days left to wear your support for CUP! The last day to order the limited edition CUP sweatshirt is on Friday, 12/4!

Send a message about the importance of civic action with this sweatshirt designed by the amazing Juan Carlos Pagan. With a donation of $150 you’ll get a great new sweatshirt AND directly support CUP’s ongoing work to help marginalized communities build civic power.

This is a limited run, so get them while you can! Get yours here: http://welcometocup.org/CivicAction

Want to learn how to do pro bono work without doing harm?As creative professionals like graphic designers, artists, arch...
11/13/2020
How to do Pro Bono Work to Support Communities

Want to learn how to do pro bono work without doing harm?

As creative professionals like graphic designers, artists, architects, and others look for ways to support communities with their expertise, it’s important to understand the ways pro bono work can go wrong.

Join CUP next Tuesday for a conversation led by staff members Christine Gaspar, Elijah Bobo, and Analiese Barnes-Classen addressing the common challenges of pro-bono design collaborations, with a focus on helping designers show up in a way that centers community needs, and getting to an outcome that leads to real impact.

Admission is sliding scale but this is our fundraiser this year, and proceeds support CUP’s work creating tools for civic engagement with and marginalized communities!

This event is part of Civic Action Every Day, CUP’s new series of online programs to help folks find ways to make deeper commitments to everyday civic action. Each event is an opportunity to support CUP’s work, while learning from CUP staff and partners about ways to weave civic activism into your life.

This workshop is focused on addressing the common challenges of pro-bono design collaborations.

Stressed out by the news cycle? Looking for a way to process it while doing something creative?Join CUP TOMORROW for Inv...
11/11/2020

Stressed out by the news cycle? Looking for a way to process it while doing something creative?

Join CUP TOMORROW for Investigating Current Events Through Art, a hands-on workshop using art-making to process your thoughts and feelings about current events, while reducing stress, and getting a sneak peek inside CUP's programs!

Admission is sliding scale and all proceeds support CUP's work creating tools for civic engagement with and marginalized communities.

Sign up for Investigating Current Events Through Art here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/investigating-current-events-through-art-tickets-126461438567
Learn more about Civic Action Every Day here: http://welcometocup.org/Benefit

At CUP, every one of our projects gives us a chance to think about what civic action can mean. We want to share that wit...
11/09/2020

At CUP, every one of our projects gives us a chance to think about what civic action can mean. We want to share that with you. This year, instead of holding our annual fundraising event, we want to do something that speaks to and supports the energy of this moment.

Civic Action Every Day, is CUP's new series of online programs, to help folks find ways to make deeper commitments to everyday civic action. Each event is an opportunity to support CUP’s work, while learning from CUP staff and partners about ways to weave civic activism into your life.

Join us on November 12th for our first event of the series, Processing the News…Through Art!

Take peek inside CUP's youth programs and explore current events through art, just like our students do! In this hands-on, interactive workshop, participants will process a current news story, through art-making, and learn about how CUP students have used this activity in the past to process what they’ve learned around issues impacting their communities, including displacement, police accountability, and community surveillance.

Learn more and sign up here: http://welcometocup.org/Benefit

11/02/2020

People who are incarcerated don’t have the right to vote in New York State. Their family and friends, along with formerly incarcerated people themselves, are also less likely to vote or engage in activities like community organizing. It can feel like one vote doesn’t matter, and it’s hard to know which elected officials support issues that matter to them. The result is a lack of representation of communities impacted by mass incarceration and the issues they care about.

CUP worked with The Alliance of Families for Justice and designers Karl Orozco and Tahnee Pantig to create a guide for family members of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people to understand how to get involved in changing the legal system in ways that are meaningful to them.

Learn more and get your own copy here:
http://welcometocup.org/Projects/MakingPolicyPublic/OurValuesOurVoiceOurVote

When we talk about voting, we often think only about elections. Elections have huge impacts on our daily lives, and cast...
10/30/2020

When we talk about voting, we often think only about elections. Elections have huge impacts on our daily lives, and casting a ballot is one necessary step toward making meaningful change. But elections are not the only times when we have a say in what happens in our communities. We vote with our actions every single day. Even if you’re not old enough or eligible to cast a ballot, we can still make an impact on the issues and people that matter the most to us!

We created a simple activity that educators can use to encourage students to reflect on how their daily actions impact the people, places, and causes they care about.

Download the free worksheet here: http://welcometocup.org/Projects/TeacherTrainings/IVoteEveryDay

Red Hook Students recently interviewed Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President (and former police officer) to investigate...
10/29/2020

Red Hook Students recently interviewed Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President (and former police officer) to investigate issues of police accountability in their neighborhood!

As a part of CUP’s collaboration with students from the Red Hook Community Justice Center and Teaching Artist Marianna Olinger, students prepared for the interview by creating an extensive list of questions exploring Mr. Adams’ experiences with policing inside and outside of the force, and what he envisions for its future.

“It’s not just about taking the money away from the police, it's about taking it away from them to reform our communities and also reform our justice system. That was the point he made that was the most important to me.” – Stiven, a student in the program

Students will conduct several more interviews with other local leaders to get more perspectives on police accountability. They’ll then produce a short documentary film with their findings! Stay tuned for more updates!

http://welcometocup.org/NewsAndEvents/StudentsInterviewBrooklynBoroughPresident

Last month the CDC passed a nationwide moratorium on evictions. The new ban temporarily makes it illegal for landlords a...
10/27/2020

Last month the CDC passed a nationwide moratorium on evictions. The new ban temporarily makes it illegal for landlords across the country to evict tenants for not paying rent. Landlords who try to evict tenants during the ban can be fined up to $500,000, but when the ban expires on January 1st, 2021, landlords can take their tenants to housing court to collect missed rent and start the eviction process.

As many advocates across the country are fighting for stronger tenant protections, we made a quick guide to the Federal Eviction Ban. It covers how the moratorium works, as well as what it does not do. Check it out here:http://welcometocup.org/file_columns/0000/2483/fed_evict_response_10.5.pdf

(In NYC, tenants have additional rights that protect them against eviction during the moratorium. Contact our partners Housing Court Answers to learn more!)

For NYC parents with children enrolled in DOE schools!
10/26/2020

For NYC parents with children enrolled in DOE schools!

NYC PARENTS: join us this Friday October 30th at 2 PM for a virtual livestream with attorneys from BDS’s Education Team to know your rights when it comes to your child’s education this school year.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ESI3ln4vTeinDqFRX4Aaxw

Did you miss our latest collaboration with Freedom to Thrive and designers Shreyas R Krishnan and Kruttika Susarla?Not o...
10/19/2020

Did you miss our latest collaboration with Freedom to Thrive and designers Shreyas R Krishnan and Kruttika Susarla?

Not on our watch! is a guide that breaks down the harmful systems of policing and electronic surveillance (also known as e-carceration) of Black and brown communities. Available in English and Spanish, the guide folds out into a poster that highlights community actions that have been taken across the country to offer alternatives to our current systems of incarceration and surveillance.

After a year-long collaboration that included detailed feedback from people directly impacted by policing and e-carceration, we launched Not on our watch! this summer at a webinar hosted by Freedom to Thrive, with the amazing Queer Detainee Empowerment Project and The Ya-Ya Network. Get your own copy here: http://welcometocup.org/Store?product_id=273

CUP is hiring and there's only one week left to apply! Join our team as a Program Manager! Applications are due by Octob...
10/13/2020
CUP: Cup Is Seeking A Program Manager Fall2020

CUP is hiring and there's only one week left to apply! Join our team as a Program Manager!

Applications are due by October 19th, learn more here: http://welcometocup.org/NewsAndEvents/CUPIsSeekingAProgramManagerFall2020

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is seeking a Program Manager to be an integral part of our team’s work collaborating with community organizations and designers to create visually-based popular education tools, and in developing trainings to help share CUP’s methodologies. We are seeking a cr...

We recently kicked off our latest collaboration with the Red Hook Community Justice Center!Thanks to the generous donati...
10/09/2020
CUP: Printing Power Red Hook Project Kicks Off

We recently kicked off our latest collaboration with the Red Hook Community Justice Center!

Thanks to the generous donations of CUP’s supporters, students have been hard at work investigating police accountability in their communities and reimagining what public safety could look like. In collaboration with Teaching Artist Marianna Olinger, students are using art activities to process their own experiences with police and learning how to create their own documentary film to interview a range of stakeholders working on these issues.

After a crash course on how to screenprint at home, students recently made their own screenprints inspired by their neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Over the next few weeks, students will continue their art making and interview local leaders to create a short film that shares what they’ve learned. Stay tuned for more updates on the project!

http://welcometocup.org/NewsAndEvents/PrintingPowerRedHookProjectKicksOff

We’ve kicked off our latest collaboration with the Red Hook Community Justice Center! Thanks to the generous donations of CUP’s supporters, students have been hard at work investigating police accountability in their communities and reimagining what public safety could look like. In collaboratio...

NYC organizers + advocates! Less than one week left to apply to Public Access Design!We've got a stellar jury lined up t...
10/08/2020

NYC organizers + advocates! Less than one week left to apply to Public Access Design!

We've got a stellar jury lined up to help us select our next collaborations! This year we're joined by designer renald Louissaint, Dr. Carole Gothelf from AHRC New York City, Ting Ting Fu from UpRose Bk, and designer Boyeon Choi (clockwise, from top left).

Applications to Public Access Design are due by 10/12 at 5pm EST. Get to know our jury and learn more about our open call for community organizations here: http://welcometocup.org/NewsAndEvents/MeetTheSecond2020PublicAccessDesignJury

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