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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POBA Concierge

Need help with an artist’s collection or legacy? POBA Tips make it easy.

  • May 13, 2015 The Art of Letters

    How the POBA Concierge discovered an important historical collection within a moving trove of more than 1000 WWII love letters.

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  • May 8, 2015 Spoken: Wild Roses

    Master of the spoken word, Kim Rosen reads "Wild Roses" from A Strange Light, a collection of paired poems and drawings of Leslie Gillette Jackson.

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  • May 5, 2015 Making the Music Connection

    Music Connection magazine shares POBA's Tips on handling a music collections for active musicians thinking ahead and for music legacy managers

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