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Photo booth designed by DomĂ©nica GarcĂ­a. Photos by Arin Sang-urai and Erin Patrice O’Brien. @domenicamgarcia @photojuice @erinpatriceobrien

Emerge Queerceañera

In celebration of “los quince” years of EmergeNYC, and the hundreds of reinas, chambelanes, and artists it has nurtured, BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange hosted an epic QUEERCEAÑERA—a queering of the quinceañera! We gathered with our beloved alumni and our extended community of artists to celebrate, reconnect, and show gratitude to the folks who have supported the network over the years.

October 19, 2023

at 3 Dollar Bill
260 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY 

The evening—hosted by River L. Ramirez and DJ’d by Chata—featured:

Live Salsa music by Las Mariquitas (Emerge ’22 and ’23)
Vena Cava
Theydy Bedbug
MarĂ­a Milagros
Myster E Mel Kiki
Earls 2 Gearls

Arantxa Araujo (Emerge’17)
zavĂ© martohardjono (Emerge’11)
John Maria Gutierrez (Emerge’21)
Ashley Brockington (Emerge’15)
Susana Plotts-Pineda (Emerge’20)
Kristen Kelso (Emerge’20)

Step and Repeat Photo Booth designed by DomĂ©nica GarcĂ­a (Emerge’22)

Plus a RAFFLE and limited-edition Queerceañera shirts (sold that night only)!

All proceeds from ticket sales, shirts, raffle purchases, and donations to the gift table went to support the program directly.

Partygoers wore ball gowns, tuxes, ruffles, tiaras, wigs, gloves, colors & sparkles—like it was their own Queerceañera. For some, it was the quince celebration they never had at age 15!

Ticket tiers were:

$30 AzĂşcar
$45 CorazĂłn de MelĂłn
$75 Mi Cielo
$135 Mi Media Naranja
$225 (15×15) Amor Para Siempre*

Tickets purchased at $75 or subsidized additional low-cost tickets to our community.
Tickets purchased at $225 or above also received a swag bag including limited-edition Queerceañera shirts, stickers, and makeup by Fluide. No one was turned away for lack of funds.
3 Dollar Bill is wheelchair accessible.



EmergeNYC at BAX is most grateful for important support from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation, and David Rockefeller Fund.