Don’t Miss Public Art Archive’s Independence Day Post!

“Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.” – Victor Hugo

In honor of our nation’s independence day, WESTAF’s Public Art Archive posted an article showcasing 7 public artworks that celebrate freedom. The works range from historic prints to grand murals to massive sculptures. They depict the struggle for, the appreciation of, and the beauty that is our independence.

Here is a sneak peek:

  • A historic series crafted by a beloved American painter that refers to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms State of the Union address.
  • A 7,500-pound sculpture that features figurative representations of Oppression, Struggle, Sacrifice, Loss, Compassion, and Hope.
  • A work that represents the flight of a bird from captivity to the freedom of the sky along with our need to remember freedom every day.
  • A depiction of the values of our nation – a place where many nations came to find economic opportunity, secure hope for future generations, and above all, to enjoy freedom.
  • A lost mural from the days of the U.S. Government’s Work Projects Administration, Federal Art Program (WPA/FAP).
  • A group armed with 1930’s-style picket signs and 2000 flyers exercising their freedom of speech.
  • A work crafted by the community that honors civil rights leaders.

Read the article here!

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Interested in learning more about our nation’s public artworks? The Public Art Archive is a free, continually growing, online and mobile database of complete public artworks. It was launched in 2009 and now has over 10,000 public artworks. 

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Are you a practicing public artist or want to complete your first project? Check out CaFÉ’s list of public art calls for entry to find opportunities across the country and around the world. Narrow your search by checking “Public Art” under Call Type.

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In honor of our country’s historic right to freedom of speech, continue speaking out for the support of the arts! NEA’s Advocacy Toolkit is a helpful resource that empowers us all to serve as champions for the arts. The Toolkit includes talking points, social media tools, and ways to find, contact and visit with your local representatives. Stay connected!

How to Resize Images: 5 Free and Easy Tools

Need to resize photos of your artworks to meet CaFÉ’s portfolio requirements*? Want to do it quickly and painlessly? Here are 5 free and easy tools to resize your images without losing quality.


1. Preview

If you own a Mac, you’re in luck! You already have a convenient photo editor on your computer – Preview. Select “Adjust Size” under Tools to change the dimensions and resolution. Avoid warping and retain your image’s original proportions by checking “Scale proportionally” and “Resample image.”


2. Paint

If you own a PC, you have a pre-installed editing program at your fingertips – Paint. Easily set your size in pixels and click “Maintain aspect ratio” to avoid image distortion. A more robust version of Paint is now available for free download, Paint.NET.


3. GIMP

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a great alternative to Photoshop if you don’t need all of Adobe’s powerful offerings. GIMP is a free open-source application with professional-level editing and retouching tools, and it’s available for both Mac and PC. It’s fast, small to install (spare your hard drive!), customizable, and very user friendly. You can download GIMP here.


4. Simple Image Resizer

Simple Image Resizer does one thing, and one thing well, resize. It’s best used when in a hurry. Simply upload your image, select “dimensions,” enter the desired width or height, click “Resize” and tah-dah – you have a proportionate, resized image ready to download. This tool is available as a Google Chrome extension and mobile friendly. Access the tool here.


5. Pic Resize

Need to upload multiple images to your CaFÉ™ Portfolio? Don’t want to edit them all individually? Batch resize your images with Pic Resize. Upload multiple images, select your size preference, and click “Submit Batch Job!”. Unfortunately cropping and special effects are not supported by Batch Resize mode and must be done individually in Normal Mode. Start your batch upload here.


For more helpful online image editors, check out CaFÉ’s Media Prep page.

*To upload an image to your CaFÉ™ Portfolio, it must be:

  • JPEG only
  • No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side
  • 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
  • 5 MB maximum

Welcome to CaFE Corner!

Welcome to CaFE Corner! This is your destination for art news, professional tools and tips and more. As Suzanne Gerber describes in her article entitled, Why Building Arts – Based Communities is So Important, “we’re all creative — and that whether we’re making art or music, telling stories or cathartically sharing in the experience, we’re all connected.” With the CaFE Corner we strive to share insightful and meaningful information to help you in your artistic endeavors and keep you connected to the artistic world. If you have tools, art news or a story idea, email the CaFE team at cafe@westaf.org. Check back often to stay up to date on the latest resources, news and more!