Niagara Gazette


April 8, 2013

Changes announced for Pubfest, Lewiston Art Festival


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In addition to Pubfest, there is another minor change happening to one of Lewiston’s most popular festivals and it involves a little bit of green.

The Lewiston Art Festival is teaming up with Modern Recycling to go full steam ahead in looking to reduce littering and other negative behaviors when it takes over Center Street Aug. 10 and 11.

The effort was recognized at the April 1 Lewiston Village Board work session, where Mayor Terry Collesano read a proclamation naming the weekend “Art of Green Weekend” in the village.

“Since we live in such an environmentally fragile area, anything we do on behalf of the environment can be very good,” Eva Nicklas, artistic director for Lewiston Council on the Arts, said. “The Art Festival seems like the perfect opportunity to turn people on to leaving a smaller footprint.”

As the organizers of the festival, the council must first practice what it preaches. According to Executive Director Irene Rykaszewski, its members are all environmentally conscious. Their combined attitudes helped the green initiative evolve throughout the years of partnership with Modern Recycling, the Lewiston-based refuse collection company which has sponsored the festival and donated its services in kind, she said.

In “Art of Green,” festival goers will recognize composting and recycling centers throughout the many artist tents. Each station will be staffed by volunteers trained to assist in composting food waste and recycling the service ware. Food vendors will also be required to use compostable materials to serve food, meaning there won’t be any styrofoam plates or cups sold by official art festival vendors.

Artpark summer camp students will also have an opportunity to get in on the artistic action of the festival, as they’ll be able to decorate 12 recycling receptacles for the event. On display at the Artpark concerts prior to the festival, concertgoers will have the ability to vote for a favorite bin. The top five will be selected for display at the festival, where voting will continue.

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