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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Artist Lost to AIDS

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POBA Concierge

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  • April 18, 2016 Remembering Silent Voices

    The family of new POBA artist, Barbara Shilo, were able to preserve "Silent Voices Speak" and 120 more of her drawn works with POBA's help.

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  • April 4, 2016 Ohio’s First Love | OAC Featured Artist

    POBA features works by Salli LoveLarkin, among Ohio's most respected homegrown artists, of her visual & performance art, costume & theater designs.

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  • March 17, 2016 AIC Preserves Art & Historic Works | POBA’s New Partner

    POBA and AIC have joined forces to help preserve art collections, works, and historical documents damaged by age, poor care, or natural disaster.

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