Making Policy Public
October 27
A program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

Project Phases and Schedule

Phase 1: Call for proposals
CUP seeks submissions from community and advocacy organizations. Applicants submit their ideas for poster topics, constituency to be reached, and distribution plans.

CUP seeks submissions from designers interested in explaining complex public policy issues with unique visual solutions.

Phase 2: Jury meets
The jury selects designers and advocates, creating four teams that will collaborate with CUP to produce the next issues of Making Policy Public in 2021.

Phase 3: Collaborate
Each team engages in an eight- to ten-month collaborative design process. CUP provides project management, art direction, writing, and editing; covers production costs; and helps staff each project with additional support as needed. CUP helps to create accessible visuals and language to meet the project needs. We ask that advocacy groups commit to bringing constituents to certain meetings during the design process.

Phase 4: Publish and disseminate
Each publication is both an educational tool and a showcase for innovative design. The majority of the posters are distributed by the partnering organization for free to its target constituents, with some additional copies distributed by CUP through bookstores and CUP's websites.


July 23, 2020

Call for proposals posted

September 14, 2020

Deadline for applications from organizations and designers

January 2021

Poster collaborations announced