EmergeNYC is a Latinx-led 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.
A program of BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, EmergeNYC fosters a brave space for experimentation, risk-taking, and mutual accountability. 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.
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.
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.
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
It is in collectivities that we find reservoirs of hope and optimism.
Our charge as spectators and actors is to continue disidentifying with this world until we achieve new ones.
—José Esteban Muñoz
Remember: Oppression thrives off isolation. Connection is the only thing that can save us.
It [militancy] means knowing that coalition, like unity, means the coming together of whole, self-actualized human beings, focused and believing, not fragmented automatons marching to a prescribed step. It means fighting despair.
If we’re talking about joy and liberation, don’t ask us to talk about despair.
—HunterDae “HD” Goodridge
EmergeNYC is an incubator for emerging artists working for social justice across performance genres. Majority BIPOC/LGBTQIA+. Now at BAX! @baxarts