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June 13, 2017 The Future is Creative

By popular demand, POBA launches Creative Futures, a new monthly resource round-up of the best tools, trends, and tips that POBA and our partners can offer to keep creative legacies and collections alive. Each month, we will assemble a short topical blog about best ways to ensure that the future is creative.

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May 05, 2017 Time For Spatz | Iconic Photos of Studio 54

The family of Gene Spatz wanted to preserve their brother Gene's photos, which captured unique times, moments and people in his distinctively warm and intimate way. Among them were some iconic photos of the Studio 54 scene from the late 1970s, now preserved on POBA. Time.com reported on the collection to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the opening of the disco that captured an era and became a phenomenon.

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April 25, 2017 Pen Like A Knife | Fiction of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890 – 1998) penned books, articles and short stories over 80 years that influenced thinking on issues she was passionate about: suffrage and rights of women, racial justice and, most famously, the conservation and restoration of the Florida Everglades. Described as having "a tongue like a switchblade and the moral authority to embarrass" high officials, she became a force to reckon with all the while being a great read every time she published.

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April 17, 2017 Where Folk Music Rocks | The Pride of the Volunteer State

Tennessee is a state of many slogans, renowned spirits, and outstanding folks musicians, including the inimitable BB King, Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe, for starters. In collaboration with the Tennessee Arts Commission, POBA will bring you remarkable musical performances by the Volunteer States' honored - and sometimes lesser known - "folk" musicians. Stayed tuned to POBA for some classic Tennessee ear candy.

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March 31, 2017 Made For Sharing | Photography of Marc Abrahms

Marc Abrahms (1948-2015), POBA's newest legacy artist, shared what he had and what he created, through both his philanthropic endeavors and his vivid, eye-popping photographs. Travelling far and wide, he created more than 40,000 images capturing a stunning array of subjects and moods. Here we present the essential collection of these images, all of which reveal a man who appreciated and shared the everyday beauty, vibrancy and fragility of life as he saw it and experienced it.

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March 21, 2017 Art Saves Lives | Helen Corning Said It Best

Helen Corning wore a pin on her lapel til the day she died that said "Art Saves Lives." She understood fully that Art is vital to our well-being, our ability to understand each other, find common purpose, share our greatest beauty and most troubling pain, and fuel the creative economy, materially and spiritually. Remembering her commitment and wisdom, we mark Arts Advocacy Month and learn more about how we can take action to keep the arts alive in these challenging times.

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March 10, 2017 The Beautiful and the Absurd | The Poetry of Hayden Carruth

Hayden Carruth (1921-2008) was a haunted and gifted man. Passionate from the age of six about poetry and jazz, his next 80 years were plagued by mental illness, phobias, and other demons - yet he had a sweet nature, unwavering curiosity, and searing honesty. His packed poems probe these tensions: precision and improvisation, love and fear, discipline and madness, the beautiful and the absurd. They speak for themselves.

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February 22, 2017 Saving Your Art | When You Need A Conservator

If you need to repair or save an important art or historical work, you probably will need the help of a conservator. POBA’s partner, AIC, is a pre-eminent professional conservation organization. Here, AIC offers helpful advice on getting the conservation help you need when you need it.

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February 16, 2017 Straight From The Headlines | The Disaster Blankets

Lilian Tyrrell (1944 – 2007) witnessed a fire that changed her life, leading her to become a fiber artist who created some 70 tapestries in her breathtaking career. The lush landscapes of her home in Ohio formed the subject matter of her early work, but Tyrrell was best known for her Disaster Blankets that followed. Intricate and arresting, beautiful but bleak, the series explores ongoing tragedies such as political greed, religious intolerance, racism, terrorism, pollution and warfare.

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February 08, 2017 New Found Images | The Way They Were

New found images of Gene Spatz (1943-2003), a pioneer of the paparazzi movement in America, show how he gained the trust and respect of his subjects to capture close-in and evocative images of the celebrity scene (and real street life) in the 1970s and 80s.

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