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Our Committee promotes cooperation, mutual understanding, and friendship between the citizens of Baltimore in Maryland, U.S.A. and Rotterdam in The Netherlands.

Rotterdam skyline with Erasmus Bridge and Kop van Zuid

Twin Cities

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, world-class museums and other cultural institutions, and burgeoning tech/startup scenes. They share many of the issues and opportunities common to many large, modern cities with diverse populations.

Baltimore Inner Harbor skyline

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Uravel the Code

Unravel the Code

Dec 13 - Jan 19

Opening reception
Dec 13, 6-8:30pm
Exhibition runs:
Dec 14, 2017 - Jan 19, 2018

Location: Open Works, 1400 Greenmount Ave, Baltimore

About this exhibit MICA in Baltimore and WdKA in Rotterdam co-teach a recurring innovative digital fabrication course called Unravel the Code. The Baltimore students traveled to Netherlands during the semester to visit Dutch Design Week, followed by intensive workshops in Rotterdam. Come see the cool work designed by the Baltimore students at Open Works, a makerspace in Baltimore.

Photos from this event on our Facebook page

Kids participating in an Operation Trash event

Operation Trash educational activities

Theatre artist & educator Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts designs and coordinates creative educational activities for kids in Baltimore & Rotterdam to make them aware of trash pollution and how they can help solve it. Several workshops happened in fall 2017 and activities are currently being planned for 2018.

More information on our HarborTraces website

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