What is POBA?

POBA is the first-ever “virtual cultural arts center” to celebrate the enduring and transformative power of creativity by featuring works of deceased 20th and 21st century artists that span the full gamut of artistic expression. POBA was founded to showcase, promote and preserve the creative work of exceptional artists who have died without recognition of the full measure of their talents or creative legacies. Our name derives from the Hindi word phowa – describing the transformation of consciousness at death. POBA’s mission is simple: POBA aims to keep their creative works alive, and through them to inspire, provoke, intrigue, entertain, and enliven us.

POBA is Where The Arts Live!

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Artist Lost to AIDS

See Art Lives, celebrating great artists lost to AIDS. Add to it by nominating an artist for Art Lives.

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  • January 28, 2016 Archiving the Arts | IMAP’s New Archiving Tool

    POBA brings a valuable new web tool for media artists - "Archiving the Arts" - launched by our partner, Independent Media Arts Preservation [IMAP].

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  • January 18, 2016 A Vivid Legacy of African-American Art

    Aminah Robinson blended the African-inspired folk traditions of her parents with formal art studies to defy customary artistic categories.

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  • December 17, 2015 Art Lives – Positive Press, Acclaimed Initiative

    POBA’s initiative, Art Lives, featuring works of exceptional artists lost to AIDS, garnered wide, poz media coverage, urges public artist nominations

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