TCAA Mission

The Crossing Arts Alliance's mission is to act as a gateway to the arts through access, education, and experiences.

What We Do


We Share The WOW


Workshops and exhibits from artists around the globe, brought to our community. (17+ events a year)


Objects of beauty created by our local artists and made available to our community through our Gift Shop and Gallery. (over 500 pieces available)


Wonder and excitement in our children's eyes as they are inspired to create their own artistic visions. (12 classes and over 450 kids attending over the year)

In 1870, railroad construction crews made camp on the east side of the Mississippi River, near the present railroad bridge. The area quickly became known as The Crossing. When Brainerd was later suggested as a name for the fledgling community (after the wife of a president of the railroad), the residents were not pleased. According to Dr. Carl Zappfe, an early area historian, the local folk preferred a Native American word which conveyed the idea of swift movement across the river: Ogamagua, or The Crossing. The Crossing Arts Alliance proudly honors this rich historical moment and its legacy of diversity and progressive thinking. 




The Crossing Arts Alliance (TCAA) is a 501C (3) non-profit arts organization founded in 2000 with assistance from the     Blandin Community Investment Partnership. 


The Crossing Arts Alliance is a 400 member arts organization in Brainerd, MN. Comprised of artists, arts enthusiasts, and interested community members, we hope to inspire and enrich our community for those who create, and those who appreciate the arts. 

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Crossing Arts Alliance activities are funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through grants from Five Wings Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.