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EmergeNYC is an incubator and affinity network for socially engaged artists to develop their creative voice, explore the intersections of art and activism, and connect to a thriving community of BIPOC, migrant, and LGBTQIA+ practitioners who challenge dominant narratives through cultural resistance.

Housed at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange in partnership with Abrons Arts Center, EmergeNYC fosters a brave space for experimentation, risk-taking, and community-building. Through in-person and virtual annual programs, Emerge has activated a strong network of artivists—in NYC and beyond—who have built solidarity across differences and engaged in artistic world-making since 2008.

Clarivel Medina performs as part of EMERGENYC 2017 street performances on Broadway near Tisch. Photo by Dexter Miranda for the Hemispheric Institute.

The real power, as you and I well know, is collective. I can’t afford to be afraid of you, nor you of me. If it takes head-on collisions, let’s do it. This polite timidity is killing us.

—Cherríe Moraga

Refusing to contain yourself and giving in to sprawl can be a political act. Forcing yourself into a conversation with the past version of yourself and creating a new road instead of building on top of the old one is, almost always, a political act.

—Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

I believe in low theory in popular places, in the small, the inconsequential, the antimonumental, the micro, the irrelevant; I believe in making a difference by thinking little thoughts and sharing them widely. I seek to provoke, annoy, bother, irritate, and amuse; I am chasing small projects, micropolitics, hunches, whims, fancies.

― J. Jack Halberstam

Our charge as spectators and actors is to continue disidentifying with this world until we achieve new ones.

—José Esteban Muñoz

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