Joel Sartore: Building the Photo Ark

Sun February 6 - Mon February 7, 2022
Joel Sartore: Building the Photo Ark

Arts Commons Presents
National Geographic Live
Jack Singer Concert Hall
Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 2:00 PM &
Monday, February 7, 2022 7:00 PM

Joel Sartore: Building the Photo Ark 

Photographer Joel Sartore believes in the power of a portrait to change the world. He is the founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark project—a multi-year initiative to document every living species in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. By giving us the opportunity to look these animals in the eye, he hopes to inspire action through education and help protect at-risk species from extinction while there’s still time.

To date, Sartore has photographed more than 11,000 of an estimated 20,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates—from the massive African elephant to the tiniest bumblebee. Once completed, the Photo Ark will serve as an important record of each animal’s existence and a powerful testament to the importance of saving them. Hear about the inspiration, comical mishaps and endearing encounters behind his mission to change the world, one photo—and one species—at a time.

“I really want to share with the world what biodiversity looks like at this point in time, while we still have most of what we arrived here with through evolutionary time. It all matters, and the small stuff, I would argue, matters the most.” - Joel Sartore 



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

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

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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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