All Maine veterans are invited to participate in the 2015 Maine Creative Arts Festival, which is scheduled for Feb. 21. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Dec. 19. The state’s fest is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs Maine Healthcare System Recreational Therapy Services and the Maine American Legion Auxiliary.

The key purpose of the Creative Arts Festival is to demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of the arts. To participate, veterans only need to be enrolled or eligible to be enrolled at VA Maine HCS. Creative Arts Festival categories include fine and applied arts, creative writing, dance, drama and music.

For more information on the National Creative Arts Festival, including competition rules, tips and a complete list of categories, visit Those interested in competing in the 2015 Maine fest should contact Liz Coumaras Marrone, CTRS, at 623-8411, ext. 5371 or; or Courtney Oliver, CTRS, at 623-8411, ext. 4589 or

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or