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 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 Rotterdam’s Heijplaat neighbohood. The project is called HarborTraces. Theatre artist/educator Kathie diStefano from Heijplaat is visiting Baltimore in December 2013 for a residency.
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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 the spring and fall semesters, students from Baltimore travelled to Rotterdam to meet their counterparts in person.
Baltimore artist has a residency in the Netherlands
Baltimore artist Joshua Wade Smith did a residency this summer at a studio space owned by Rotterdam artist Florentijn Hofman in Drachten in the province of Friesland. He also conducted a performance arts workshop for children at Museum Dr8888 in Drachten.
Meeting with Kiwanis in Rotterdam
Baltimore and Rotterdam Kiwanis Clubs have recently formed a sister club relationship. Representatives from the Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee met with the Rotterdam Kiwanis in July.