Joel Sartore: Building the Photo Ark

Tue May 18 - Wed May 19, 2021
Joel Sartore: Building the Photo Ark

Arts Commons Presents
National Geographic Live

Joel Sartore: Building the Photo Ark

This National Geographic Live presentation has been cancelled, due to the impact on travel and continuing restrictions on gathering due to COVID-19. 

National Geographic has made the difficult decision to cancel all National Geographic Live in-person events for the balance of our 2020-21 season. If you still have your tickets for this presentation, a representative from Arts Commons ticketing services will be contacting you in the coming weeks. For any questions or concerns about this rescheduled performance, please contact ticketing services at 403-294-9494.

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to capture portraits of the world’s species before they disappear. With ingenuity, wit, and a serious Midwestern work ethic, Sartore has created the Photo Ark project, the largest archive of its kind with more than 9,000 images and counting.

Joel has had 36 stories published in National Geographic magazine to date, with more to come. Three of Joel’s stories helped bring about protection: 1,000 acres of rainforest in Bolivia's Madidi National Park was saved after National Geographic's March 2000 cover story, Koala Rescue in National Geographic's May 2012 issue, & the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow in Audubon Magazine’s April 2013 issue.

Hear about his comical mishaps, endearing encounters, and personal stories while documenting a world worth saving.


Part of the National Geographic Live series presented by Arts Commons.

The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Stage, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED Talks to National Geographic Live speakers, wedding dinners on the stage to rock stars on tour.

Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception 
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep. 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats

Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.

Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the full replacement of all of its seats, in 2017.

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