The Hemispheric Institute at New York University launched EMERGENYC in 2008 as an incubator for emerging artists working at the intersection of performance and politics. Offering varied entry points into art and activism, the annual programme prioritizes process, discovery and reflection, fostering a ‘brave space’ for experimentation and risk-taking. During the past nine years, it has activated a strong network of local artivists – many of them from traditionally underrepresented communities – who have built solidarity across differences and who continue to challenge dominant narratives through artistic cultural resistance.