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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  • December 1, 2015 Art Lives | Celebrating Artists Lost to AIDS

    Art Lives is a groundbreaking celebration of the creative legacies of artists from all fields of artistic expression whose lives were lost to AIDS

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  • October 22, 2015 NPR’s KAJX Discovers POBA’s Deep Dark Roots

    Aspen NPR station KAJX reports on how one woman's grief and love combined with two women's compassion and creativity created POBA

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  • September 23, 2015 Strike Your Pose

    Joanne Kesten, appraiser, art historian and author, sheds light for POBA on the difference between a "selfie“ and a "self-portrait" - if there is one.

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