Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
BETWEEN
THE CHEROKEE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
AND
THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

This agreement entered into on this 24th day of July 2013, by and between The Cherokee County Board of Education, hereinafter referred to as the “School Board”
And
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, hereinafter referred to as “ASO.”

WHEREAS, the School Board’s mission is to enable all students to become contributing citizens who can communicate effectively, gather and use information, make responsible decisions, utilize technology effectively, and adapt to the challenges of the future; and,

WHEREAS, one of the School Board’s Major System Priorities is to increase parental and community involvement through public engagement policies and practices that treat parents, businesses, community-based organizations and agencies, local institutions of higher learning and other public entities as true partners in the educational process; and

WHEREAS, The ASO, currently in its 68th season, consistently affirms its position as one of America’s leading Orchestras by performing great music, presenting great artists, educating, and engaging the public; and.

WHEREAS, The ASO’s mission is to serve and to expand its audience through innovative programming, broader venues and increased educational opportunities while balancing artistic growth with financial soundness and embraces its responsibility to be a vigorous part of the cultural fabric of its community and to strive to reach national and international audiences.

Now, therefore in consideration of the covenants and conditions set forth herein the parties agree as follows:

ARTICLE I

The parties agree to the foregoing recitals are true and correct and incorporated herein by reference.

ARTICLE II
The School Board will:
1. Work in conjunction with ASO staff to develop grade- and curriculum-appropriate music experiences to include, but not be limited to, opportunities for: field trips by CCSD students to the ASO and related educator preview workshops; and in-school presentations by ASO staff and partner musicians and other experts; and explore opportunities for “virtual field trips.”

2. Work in conjunction with ASO staff to develop residency opportunities in CCSD schools for ASO teaching artists.

3. Promote ASO programs and events through existing communication channels, as permitted by School Board policy.

4. Explore/pursue joint professional development opportunities in both parties’ best interest.

5. Explore/pursue joint grant opportunities in both parties’ best interest.

ARTICLE III
The ASO will:
1. Work in conjunction with CCSD staff to develop grade- and curriculum-appropriate experiences to include, but not be limited to, opportunities for: field trips by CCSD students to the ASO and related educator preview workshops; virtual field trips to the ASO and talks with ASO staff and partner musicians and other experts using video-conferencing technology; and in-school presentations by ASO staff and partner musicians and other experts.

2. Work in conjunction with CCSD staff to develop residency opportunities in CCSD schools for ASO teaching artists.

3. Explore/pursue joint professional development opportunities in both parties’ best interest.

4. Explore/pursue joint grant opportunities in both parties’ best interest.

5. Provide opportunities for Senior Projects for high school students including service as project mentors when staff members and/or volunteers are available.

6. Participate in various school functions (Fine Arts Days, Cultural Arts Fairs, Career Days/Fairs) when staff members and/or volunteers are available.

7. Accept all children/interested participants for participation within its programs without regard to their gender, race, political affiliation, age, national origin or handicapping condition or
any other discrimination recognized and prohibited by State or Federal Law.

Children/participants with handicaps must be included within the activities of the partnering organization and must be provided all necessary levels of supervision by the School District. As a result of this partnership agreement, the ASO must adhere to all local, State or Federal laws regarding education. Programs may have audition and age eligibility requirements.

ARTICLE IV
The term of this contract is July 24, 2013 through July 24, 2014. This contract shall automatically renew for additional terms not to exceed five years unless either party notifies the other at least 60 days prior to renewal date.

ARTICLE V
This contract has no monetary value and its dual execution shall not in any way be construed or interpreted to commit one party to the other for any compensation or fees or services equitable to any certain monetary amount. Participation in programs is subject to applicable fees as per standard practice of the ASO.

ARTICLE VI
This contract may be terminated by either party upon thirty (30) days written notice to the other party with or without cause. All notice of this contract shall be given to the Superintendent of Cherokee County Schools at 110 Academy Street, Canton, Georgia 30114, and ASO, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309-3552.