Columbus Arts Fest: What’s new this year? Green.

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From the June 6, 2013 edition

In just a few days, the Columbus Arts Festival will douse the city in color, be it with carefully crafted artisan work from any of the 270 juried artists from across the city, nation and world exhibiting their work, or with the colorful works presented through dance, theater and music.

This year, however, the Columbus staple and one of the nation’s top festivals is adding a lot more green to its palette.

While the festival is no stranger to accepting awards from the International Festival and Events Association — CAF has won 68 awards in total from the association — Jami Goldstein, vice president of marketing, communications & events for the Greater Columbus Arts Council, said the fest is now gunning for the award for Best Green Program.

“We’ve won a number of them but never this,” Goldstein said. “So we’re doing all that we can to make it the greenest event of its kind in the country.”

This initiative includes using sun and winds to generate electricity for buildings like the Bicentennial Stage, recycling vendor food scraps into composts, adding more recycling bins, “and really encouraging people to think before they drop (trash),” she said.

This may be the only thing new at CAF this year, but Goldstein said patrons can find enjoyment in many of the fest’s classic inclusions, like the kids-only art sale where only children have access to purchase artisan work, all priced under $5. Other classics, such as music from top local musicians, a cuisine area filled with good eats from local restaurants (courtesy of the fest’s partnership with Dine Originals), the Big Local Arts tent and the recently added poetry slam, will also share the space.