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In an area surrounded in natural beauty – a breathtaking sunset over a glistening lake, the elegant sway of a swan’s long neck, the smallest snowflake winding its way down from heavy gray clouds – it is no wonder there are deep community ties to the arts. Natural spaces, inciting reflective experiences and efforts to encapsulate feelings and meanings within an art form, seem to be at the crux of the art renaissance in Burnett County.

Down winding rustic roads, you’ll find artisan potters and jewelry makers, cottage industries and artists who welcome visitors to share in the process of creation
and the reverence of a completed work of art. Home to world-class copper artisans, a gallery in northern Burnett County offers awe-inspiring creations. Sprinkled along main highways and thoroughfares you’ll find many potters and painters. A gallery in Danbury offers visitors many beautiful handmade pieces – meaningful mementos that will forever remind you of a community dedicated to growing the arts into a cultural staple.

In Burnett County, you’ll find the world’s only art gallery that exclusively features the work of children and teens living with mental illness. The therapeutic benefits of a nature photography program at one of the region’s largest non-profits has gained world-wide acclaim, and has now found a permanent home in the small village of Webster.

While here, take a tour of Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park and be whisked away to a time almost forgotten. The 80 acre national historical site features two reconstructed trading posts and offers tours from Memorial Day weekend through September.

Steeped in cultural traditions, the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin have a strong influence in Burnett County. With Tribal communities in Danbury, Big Sand Lake, Hertel and more, you’ll find members hosting events such as the St. Croix Traditional Wild Rice Pow-Wow in August. The St. Croix Chippewa are proprietors of Burnett County’s two casinos located in Danbury and Hertel. St. Croix Casino Danbury in particular offers a state-of-the-art gaming facility, several restaurants and fantastic entertainment. They also own and operate SCT Travel, Fourwinds Market, St. Croix Chippewa Construction, St. Croix Chippewa Embroidery and Emerald Systems technology firm