POINT OF CONTACT
Punto de Contacto/Point of Contact, Inc., a New York-based arts organization in residence at Syracuse University, creates opportunities for the exploration of diversity and the exchange of ideas through the verbal and visual arts. Working with the Central New York communities, as well as state-wide and international institutions and individuals, Punto de Contacto/Point of Contact is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary forum where artists, writers, scholars and students actively engage in the production of publications, art exhibitions and events to enrich the cultural mix of our society.
Our organization aims to form inspired communities; to innovate through artistic concepts that may resonate locally and globally; to work expansively where intellectual and geographic boundaries are concerned, and to share the experience.
Punto de Contacto/Point of Contact, Inc. is a (501c3) tax-exempt organization. The organization's headquaarters are housed on the campus of Syracuse University, supported by grants from Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Visual & Performing Arts, the Coalition of Museum & Art Centers at Syracuse University (CMAC), and the New York State Council on the Arts.
POINT OF CONTACT LITERARY ARTS
Point of Contact, previously a bi-annual journal, now a book series, was founded by Syracuse University Professor Pedro Cuperman in 1975. The book series serves as a venue for creative scholarship and original art, with its main focus on Latin American contemporary arts. The series has evolved over the years within its unique theoretical, inter-textual framework.
Point of Contact ‘s bilingual poetry editions have served to establish a close partnership with the Center for Education, Research and Publications of the Recoleta Cultural Center, and the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. This transcontinental liaison paves the way for the active presence of Syracuse University and Central New York arts within that vital Latin American cultural hub.
Corresponding Voices: A poetry series created in 2002, presents a new collection every spring, to be read as a dialogue among poets across cultures. The Point of Contact Gallery has become a habitual meeting place for poetry readings in all languages, integrating the participation of poets and scholars from the region and from abroad, as well as university faculty, students, and members of the Hispanic communities of Central New York.
POINT OF CONTACT VISUAL ARTS
Established in 2005, The Point of Contact Gallery is a space dedicated to the exploration of contemporary verbal and visual arts, with a strong focus on Latin America. The gallery’s mission is to contribute to the enrichment of the cultural life of the City of Syracuse and the Central New York region through public programs in the visual arts, literature (poetry readings and the first Central New York poetry book fair), and arts education (EL PUNTO Art Studio). The Point of Contact Gallery is an open forum, a place to further a vital discussion about contemporary art. It is also a showcase for the Point of Contact Art Collection. The Point of Contact Gallery is a member of the Coalition of Museum & Art Centers at Syracuse University (CMAC), and it is located at 914 E Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13210.
POINT OF CONTACT THE COLLECTION
Original works created especially for Point of Contact; more than 200 pieces donated by their creators (many who are long time collaborators of Point of Contact) form a significant collection of contemporary photography, collage, video, drawings and unique prints.
Cover and back cover of the first issue of Point of Contact, published in 1975