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 exceptional 20th and 21st century artists who have died without recognition of the full measure of their talents or creative legacies. Spanning the gamut of artistic genres, POBA was founded to showcase, promote and preserve their creative legacies. But POBA also does more:  Through online resources and real-world services, POBA assists individuals and institutions that own or manage a creative legacy or arts collection to preserve, protect, document, digitize, complete and in many other ways ensure these collections live on.  POBA also assists working artists in managing their own works for future preservation, viewing, and value.  POBA’s mission is simple: To keep creative works alive, and through them to inspire, provoke, intrigue, entertain, and enliven us.

POBA is Where The Arts Live!

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  • September 13, 2016 Wild Wonders | The Vanishing Florida of A.E. Backus on POBA

    POBA displays Albert E. "Beanie" Backus (1906–1990), renowned Florida landscape artist, and a man whose art and life were American originals.

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  • September 4, 2016 Evolution of a Tribute | Jamie Bernard

    As POBA recognizes Jamie Bernard's birthday, we acknowledge how his legacy helps other talented artists who were under-recognized in their lifetime.

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  • August 25, 2016 POBA Artist David Shainberg | Exhibit at PAAM 26 Aug

    The vibrant vision and vivid life in color created by David Shainberg open on exhibit for the first time at PAAM today , as shown on POBA

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