Category Archives: Uncategorized

Baltimore-Rotterdam Operation Trash / Operatie Afval 2017-2018

Arts educational programs about trash, recycling, and environmental stewardship

Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee supports educational activities for kids in Baltimore & Rotterdam to make them aware of trash pollution and how they can help solve it. The activities are designed & coordinated by Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam-based Avalanche Arts (Stichting Lawine).

diStefano in classroomsLeft: Avalanche Arts’ Kathie diStefano teaching an “Operation Trash” workshop in a Rotterdam school. Right: Kathie diStefano conducting an environmentally-themed workshop at a school in Baltimore.

Continue reading

Composting & Trash Event at Pratt Library – November 6

Metal container with plant clippings and food intended for compost pileWhen & Where

Date: Monday, November 6, 2017 at 4:00 – 7:00pm
Location: Brooklyn Branch of Enoch Pratt Free Library
300 East Patapsco Ave, Baltimore, MD 21225 (Map on Enoch Pratt Library site)
Admission: Free and open to the public. Family-friendly.

About this event

The Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Partnership: Kathie diStefano (from Rotterdam in the Netherlands) and Rodette Jones (Filbert Street Community Garden in Baltimore) will talk trash and how to do composting — to make your garden flourish!

Snacks will be served at the beginning of the event. Light supper near the end of the event. And we’ll recycle our trash at the end!

 

Curtis Bay Rec Center “Operation Trash” Workshop – Nov 2

Filbert Street Community Garden with Rodette Jones and Kathie diStefanoWhen & Where

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 4:00 – 5:30pm
Location: Curtis Bay Recreation Center
Admission: Free. Event is for community kids (not open to general public).

About this event

The Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Partnership: Kathie diStefano (from Rotterdam in the Netherlands) and Rodette Jones (Filbert Street Community Garden in Baltimore) will talk trash, do fun games, and show kids how to compost.

Photo: Jaclin Paul

Operation Trash in South Baltimore Gateway Schools 2017-2018

Theatre artist and educator Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts employs participatory techniques and theatre art to create awareness with youth and seniors about the environment through creative strategies to recycle and make smart consumer decisions to reduce waste.  Ms. diStefano is currently working on several projects with schools in the South Baltimore Gateway district for fall 2017 – spring 2018, including:

Continue reading

Operation Trash in Curtis Bay 2017-2018

Theatre artist and educator Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts employs participatory techniques and theatre art to create awareness with youth and seniors about the environment through creative strategies to recycle and make smart consumer decisions to reduce waste.  Ms. diStefano is collaborating with Filbert Street Community Garden to plan several projects related to trash, recycling, composting, and healthy eating in the Brooklyn-Curtis Bay community in fall 2017 – spring 2018, including

Continue reading

Baltimore Rotterdam educational exchange projects – spring semester 2017

diStefano in classroomsLeft: Avalanche Arts’ Kathie diStefano teaching an “Operation Trash” workshop in a Rotterdam school. Right: Kathie diStefano conducting an environmentally-themed workshop at a school in Baltimore.

Theatre artist and educator Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts employs participatory techniques and theatre art to create awareness with youth and seniors about the environment through creative strategies to recycle and make smart consumer decisions. Ms. diStefano coordinated several activities in Baltimore during the 2017 spring school semester, including:

1. Operation Trash virtual exchange

“Operation Trash” project is designed to educate and connect high school students in Baltimore and the greater Rotterdam area. This virtual exchange project focuses on environmental themes. Improvisational theatre techniques and remote learning techniques are used to teach sustainability, trash reduction, recycling, and inspire environmental stewardship. Through the use of classroom activities, improvisational theatre techniques, community events, student-made videos, and social media, teenagers in both cities learn about sustainability, trash reduction, recycling, and get inspired to become environment stewards for their communities. Trash serves as a theme for a cross-cultural exchange. The project leverages an existing environmental educational program developed by Avalanche Arts and used in Rotterdam schools.

Continue reading

Office of Sustainability provides grant for Baltimore Sister Cities educational programs – Spring 2017

Baltimore, MD USA — March 2017

Baltimore Office of Sustainability has provided a Green Healthy Smart Challenge 2017 grant to Baltimore’s Benjamin Franklin High School (BFHS) for the Operation Trash Virtual Exchange project designed to educate high school students at Baltimore’s Benjamin Franklin High School (BFHS) and connect them with Wolfert van Borselen high school in the Rotterdam, the Netherlands in spring 2017. Improvisational theatre techniques and remote learning techniques will be used to teach students about sustainability, trash reduction, recycling, and to inspire them to become environment stewards for their communities. The grant includes a stipend for Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts to design curriculum materials. The grant is from the Baltimore Office of Sustainability’s Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge grant program.

Baltimore Office of Sustainability logo

Rotterdam theatre educator visited Baltimore in Oct 2016 to plan exchange programs

Theatre artist and educator Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts employs participatory techniques and theatre art to create awareness with youth and seniors about the environment through creative strategies to recycle and make smart consumer decisions.  Ms. diStefano visited Baltimore in October 2016 to plan several upcoming exchange projects.

Continue reading

Rotterdam Artist/Educator planning theatre workshops for Baltimore schools

Baltimore — April 17, 2016

Rotterdam theatre artist and educator Kathie diStefano employs participatory techniques and theatre art to create awareness with youth and seniors about the environment through creative strategies to recycle and make smart consumer decisions in Heijplaat in Rotterdam. diStefano’s organization Avalanche Arts (Dutch name: Stichting Lawine) has completed several exchange projects between Baltimore and Rotterdam and is planning more.

Avalanche Arts is planning several projects designed to educate students about sustainability and environmental stewardship:

  1. Pen Pal Project linking Baltimore high school students with counterparts in the greater Rotterdam area (More info)
  2. Improvisational theatre workshops for Baltimore public high school students (info below)

Continue reading

Rotterdam artist gives trash/recycling workshops at Nederlandse School

Rotterdam theatre artist and educator Kathie diStefano employs participatory techniques and theatre art to create awareness with youth and seniors about the environment through creative strategies to recycle and make smart consumer decisions in Heijplaat in Rotterdam. She did an artist residency in Brooklyn-Curtis Bay in December 2013 and is returning to Baltimore area in fall 2015.

On 3 October and 10 October 2015, she is giving workshops at De Nederlandse School in Bethesda. This is for kids who speak Dutch or are learning Dutch. These workshops are open to kids that are not students of De Nederlandse School; there is a fee for non-students. The two Saturdays are stand-alone workshops – kids can attend one or both. Suitable for a wide variety of ages. Using the medium of theatre & play, kids will learn about sustainability, trash/recycling, and ecology themes. This event is produced in conjunction with DC Dutch.

More information:

www.dcdutch.org/events/operatie-afval-speciaal-voor-kinderen