Operation Trash in Curtis Bay 2017

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 collaborated with Rodette Jones, manager of Filbert Street Community Garden, to conducted several projects […]

Baltimore Rotterdam educational exchange projects – spring semester 2017

Left: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rotterdam artist receives WWF grant to set up pen pal exchanges between Baltimore and Rotterdam area schools

The Netherlands chapter of the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) has awarded a grant to Rotterdam theatre artist/educator Kathie diStefano, Avalanche Arts (Stichting Lawine), to link students in Baltimore with Dutch high school students in the greater Rotterdam area. This ‘Pen Pal Project’ will use social media to build awareness for environmental issues in […]

Partners & Sponsors

Financial sponsors for Spring 2022 edition of the Operation Trash international education exchange BGE Green Grant We are looking for more grants and sponsors for our 2022 student exchange. Please contact us at if you would like to sponsor or have ideas for grantors and sponsors to approach. Sponsors will be recognized for their support: […]

Timeline of Activities

1. History of the art exchange The Baltimore-Rotterdam sister city committee has sponsored artist and cultural exchanges since 1985. Around 2006 our efforts became more focused in this regard. Annet Couwenberg, the chair of the committee at that time and a professor at MICA, spearheaded an arts education exchange between students of the two cities, […]

Artists

Several artists have participated in the HarborTraces artist exchange over the years: Kathie diStefano Theatre artist and educator, Avalanche Arts Kathie diStefano is a theatre artist and educator in the Heijplaat area of Rotterdam, whose work is dedicated to using performance arts to educate and address environmental issues. Her practice engages youth and seniors in […]