You're right. It's not. At all. Which is precisely the point. Don't get me wrong Calgary has a lot going for it; oil, cowboys, skiing, high schools with self-directed learning, that last one's a godsend, but it is lacking in a diversity of culture and creativity. In the last year I began to explore the hidden pockets of the arts in this city and was pleasantly surprised.
Last year I had the opportunity to take part in the Theatre Junction high school mentorship program. It was an eye opening experience. I was encouraged to explore any and all creative outlets and combine them however I please. I'd never known that kind of creative freedom. As a result I now have a desire to continue exploring and creating, which is exactly what I plan to do.
Ps - You should check out Theatre Junction's 2010/11 season. It looks like it'll be a good one. The first show Architecting by TEAM (NEW YORK) starts tomorrow!! Tickets are only $20 for students and artists!