Many artists reside in Turner Valley in the fields of drawing, music, painting, photography, pottery, sculpture and music, among others. Selections of their work can be found in local shops in Turner Valley while the 25 year old Beneath the Arch concert series anchors the local music community.
The proportion of the Turner Valley workforce occupationally employed in arts, culture, recreation and sports industries is 5.8%, 3.7% higher than the provincial average. This portion of Turner Valley’s economy grew by 2% between 2006 and 2011 (Statistics Canada) and is expected to continue increasing. Many artists and creative people will hold a primary occupation in other sectors of the economy which may not reveal the true potential of an area’s arts and culture opportunities.
The Calgary Region recognizes significant opportunity for diverse creative industry with 19,000 creative industry establishments in Calgary alone, representing 17% of the total establishments in the City and employing 10% of the working population.