The Crossing Arts Alliance is conveniently located in Downtown Brainerd - 
711 Laurel St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Crossing Office, Gift Shop, and Gallery

Hours: Closed Mondays
Open Tues-Fri 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am - 2:00pm
Or by Appointment

TCAA Mission


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



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 the 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 a 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. 

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)
The Crossing Arts Alliance (TCAA) is a 400-member arts organization in Brainerd, Minnesota. 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.
Five Wings Arts Council Clean Water and Land Legacy

Crossing Arts Alliance activities are made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative apprropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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The Crossing Arts Alliance is conveniently located in Downtown Brainerd - 
711 Laurel St, Brainerd, MN 56401