CUP is awarded a 2011 Rockefeller Foundation NYC Cultural Innovation Fund grant. The award will fund a design clinic that helps provide community organizations with visually innovative tools that demystify complex policy and planning issues so that more people can understand how these systems work.
Through this social justice design clinic, organizations will work with CUP staff and a team of "on-call" designers and artists to respond to pressing social, environmental, and economic justice issues with creative solutions. The program will greatly increase the number of organizations who can access CUP's award-winning custom popular education tools. The tools will be used to organize thousands of New Yorkers to more effectively advocate for their own community needs.
CUP was selected from a pool of nearly 400 applicants to receive the Rockefeller Foundation 2011 New York City Cultural Innovation Fund award. CUP is among 15 other New York City-based organizations, including such esteemed groups as Groundswell Community Mural Project, Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Casita Maria.