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Arts + Culture
kunst + cultuur

We help organize cultural events including music, fine arts, architecture, history, film, theater, sports, and cuisine.

Current Projects

We are supporting an ongoing exchange and residency for artists. The current program is called HarborTraces, involving the parallel neighborhoods of Heijplaat in Rotterdam and Brooklyn-Curtis Bay in Baltimore.

We are also exploring doing an animation exchange with Baltimore and Rotterdam.

Examples of Past Projects

30 years of Baltimore-Rotterdam: On September 26, 2015 we hosted day-long workshops & performances for the whole family at the Creative Alliance, followed by an evening art opening reception. Event information. Maryland Institute College of Art and Rotterdam’s Willem de Kooning Academie co-teach a collaborative class about digital fabrication and smart textiles. We featured examples of the students’ work at this art exhibit. This event was part of Baltimore Innovation Week 2015.

We marked the 125th year anniversary of artist Vincent Van Gogh’s death by collaborating with the Baltimore Museum of Art on some Van Gogh-related activities for children in July 2015.

We participated in the exhibition Kin+Cargo: Exploring Baltimore’s Sister Cities at Baltimore Inner Harbor in April 2014.

Former Committee Chair Annet Couwenberg was artist-in-residence at CrossLab at Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, where she worked on a collaborative project Clothing as Interface: Cross-Cultural Muslim Identity.

The committee helped launch a new art exchange program between Baltimore and Rotterdam called Reflection. The pilot project was launched in 2006 with eight schools in Baltimore and Rotterdam, and several workshops have happened since then. The project then evolved into our current exchange, called HarborTraces.

Rotterdam’s Jet Manrho (who helped launch our Reflection project) worked on a kids’ art project with Port Discovery, Baltimore’s children’s museum.

De Coolsingers, Dutch men’s choir, toured Baltimore and New York City in October 2008. The Baltimore Mayor’s office of International and Immigrant Affairs organized concerts and visits to schools and other institutions for the choir. More information.

Some other examples of cultural events we have supported include the Maryland Boychoir’s tour of Europe and Rotterdam Boys Choir’s U.S. tour. We helped set up a collaboration between the Mamyo Players (a youth theater group at Rotterdam’s Lantaren/Venster) and Baltimore’s Arena Players and Sankofa Dance Theater.

We have held special events in conjunction with art exhibits at The Walters Art Museum, and helped organize concerts by musicians like The Aurelia Saxophone Quartet from Holland and Baltimore jazz singer Ethel Ennis.

Examples of Delft motifs displayed on a table for the kids to look at;  a girl is painting a tile; two boys are painting tiles

Children learn how to paint Delft-style tiles at a workshop in Baltimore’s World Trade Center, organized by committee member Marion Brecht.
Photo: © Dan Meyers

Artist Exchange

Artist Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam did a residency in the Brooklyn-Curtis Bay area of Baltimore in December 2013, and revisits Baltimore frequently. She is currently coordinating exchange programs between schools in Baltimore and Rotterdam.

About the Exchange

Heijplaat and Baybrook neighborhoods

Photo by Steve Bradley

Dutch Culture in USA

The Netherlands Consulate in New York has a website with a calendar of Dutch cultural and art events happening in the USA.