Special Events — Sept. 21

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Central Lakes College presents Cultural Thursday

BRAINERD — The community is invited to Central Lakes College’s Cultural Thursday event “Tales of Laughing Fox: Anishinaabe Culture and History through Storytelling and Native American Flute Performance.”

The free event takes place at noon on Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Chalberg Theatre of the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.

The speaker is Michael Laughing Fox Charette, a Native American storyteller, poet and member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, located in Northern Wisconsin. As a self- taught Native flute player, he enhances his stories with his flute and storytelling performance.

Michael Laughing Fox Charette playing the flute
Michael Laughing Fox Charette
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“Growing up surrounded by the beauty of Lake Superior and the woods led him to dedicate his gifts as an artist to gently teaching about indigenous history, culture and spirituality,” according to a news release.


His work as both a visual and performance artist is varied and tied together by the traditional wisdom of the Anishinaabe people, which is respectfully incorporated into his work.

“Charette captivates audiences with his authentic, relaxed style. His presentation will consist of stories, culture, history and music of the Anishinaabe peoples. He has over 20 flutes in his collection each with their own story, voice and song,” according to the news release

Charette weaves traditional storytelling with his own experiences whose presentation consists of stories, culture, history and music of the Anishinaabe peoples.

For more information about Cultural Thursdays, contact Jason Edens at .

Crossing Arts Alliance accepting submissions

BRAINERD — The Crossing Arts Alliance in downtown Brainerd is accepting submissions for solo and group exhibitions, as well as proposals for exhibits that specifically address diversity, inclusion and equity. The deadline to apply is Saturday, Sept. 24.

All artists living in the United States are encouraged to apply (a very strong and consistent body of work is essential). Open to all traditional and nontraditional art forms and media. Artwork must not have been previously exhibited with Crossing Arts.

All submissions will be reviewed and juried by The Crossing Arts Gallery Committee, which is made up of working professional artists, educators and art organization leaders in the Brainerd lakes area community.


The Crossing Arts Alliance is seeking submissions to exhibit at its gallery at 711 Laurel St. during May, July, August and September of 2023.

Review the guidelines listed at before submitting your work. More information and an online submission form can be found at , or contact the nonprofit at 218-833-0416 or email .

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