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BAX Announces 2023 Emerge NYC Applications Open

The programs are designed for artists who are either beginning their careers or feeling a sense of urgency to move into new territory.

BAX Announces 2023 Emerge NYC Applications Open

EmergeNYC-a program of BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange in partnership with Abrons Arts Center-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.

The programs-designed for artists who are either beginning their careers or feeling a sense of urgency to move into new territory-provide an opportunity to spend an intensive period of training, exchange, mentorship, and challenging conversations with a specific focus on racial justice and cultural transformation. Rather than training in one specific craft, participants immerse themselves in a challenging, supportive environment, engaging with multiple lineages and approaches to art-making. They delve into issues of personal significance as they engage in the work, and with one another, as their whole selves. Participants leave the programs having deeply researched questions that become the heart of their artistic and activist work.

There are two EmergeNYC programs this year: the Flagship Program at Abrons Art Center in NYC led by george emilio sánchez and the Virtual Program, Analog Bodies and Virtual Activations, led by Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo Ovalles and Marlène Ramírez-Cancio.

The Flagship Program at Abrons is comprised of weekly workshops facilitated by george, as well as workshops by guest artists who are leaders in the field of performance and politics. With a decolonial lens, participants will explore the intersection of art and activism through creative writing, autobiographical narratives, group work, and other multi-disciplinary adventures-all while creating and re-creating a space in which artists build community with one another, actively listen with their bodies, and build intentional trust to lay a foundation where compassion and risk-taking guide the work.

The program will run every Sunday from 10am-2pm EST from March 26-June 18, with a culminating performance on June 22, 2023 at Abrons Art Center.

For The Virtual Program, Analog Bodies and Virtual Activations participants are encouraged to investigate genders, sexualities, class, race, politics, and spiritualities from the interstitial space between the analog and the digital that this pandemic moment has intensified.

The virtual iteration of Emerge, which takes place via Zoom, will begin on Saturday March 25 (11:00 AM-3:00 PM Eastern Time), and then meet every Sunday from April 2nd to June 18th (11:00 AM-3:00 PM Eastern Time). The final showing will be held virtually on Saturday June 24, 2023.

Image Description (Above): A warm brown-skinned femme-presenting individual with a multi-colored head wrap, skirt of different textiles, and a white/purple/green flowing shirt wears beads around their neck and dances with tow objects above their head in an urban NYC landscape. The image of the woman is soft and mesmerizing and takes one out of the urban setting.



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