Our Committee promotes cooperation, mutual understanding, and friendship between the citizens of Baltimore in Maryland, U.S.A. and Rotterdam in The Netherlands.
Baltimore and Rotterdam are both modern cities, because of historical events. Rotterdam’s central city district was destroyed at the beginning of World War II. Faced with the task of rebuilding the city, Rotterdam chose to embrace the future rather than to resurrect the past - becoming a showplace for modern architecture in Europe. The city center of Baltimore was destroyed in 1904 by the Great Fire. So both cities were built from the ground up during the 20th century.
Rotterdam and Baltimore have approximately the same geographical and population size. These two cities have in common a deep maritime history, large port operations in estuarine waters, and both are home to prestigious universities, medical schools, and world-class museums and other cultural institutions. They also share many of the issues and opportunities common to many large, modern cities with diverse populations.
Artist Steve Bradley is featured in an exhibition at Maryland Art Place from May 9 to June 22, 2013, with a opening reception on May 9. His work is based on his experiences in the Baybrook area of Baltimore, which is the subject of art exchanges with a parallel neighborhood in Rotterdam called Heijplaat.
Artist Steve Bradley is working with residents of the Brooklyn-Curtis Bay area of Baltimore (also known as Baybrook). This neighborhood is participating in a community arts exchange project with Heijplaat called HarborTraces. Theatre artist/educator Kathie diStefano is working with the Heijplaat community.
Unravel the Code
MICA and WdKA ”Smart Textiles” collaboration
Students from Baltimore’s MICA and Rotterdam’s WdKA have been collaborating online. They explore material properties and technological applications in a research lab-like environment. In January 2013, the students from Baltimore travelled to Rotterdam to meet their counterparts in person and work together to put together an exhibition of their work.
Baltimore and Rotterdam Kiwanis Clubs recently formed a sister club relationship. Annet Couwenberg, chair of the Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee, attended signing ceremonies in Rotterdam and Baltimore that formalized the relationship.