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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  • July 4, 2015 Love, War and Liberation

    Hear POBA's intriguing interview on an important historical collection hidden within a trove of 1100 WWII letters left untouched for 70 years

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  • June 23, 2015 The Private Makers of Art

    Meredith Melnick of the Huffington Post praises the power of intrinsic motivation to create exceptional art without consideration of an audience.

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  • June 18, 2015 Wyrd, Wonderful Webb in 3-D

    PAAM brings a new collection of artist Nancy Webb's imaginative, "wyrd" and elegant mounted sculptures to POBA.

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