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Photo of Kathie DiStefano's interactive 'Seagull Mama' Performance at Enoch Pratt Library in a previous year

Workshops for kids about trash — available in Baltimore/Maryland in Fall 2022

Theatre artist & educator Kathie diStefano, leader of 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. Kathie diStefano visits Baltimore every year to hold interactive workshops and performances for kids about trash, recycling, and environmental stewardship.

From late October to early November 2022, diStefano is visiting Baltimore from Rotterdam, and we invite schools, community centers, and other venues in Maryland to host a performance by her.  Contact Kathie diStefano if you are interested in hosting a performance or meeting with her in fall 2022, or when she returns to Baltimore in spring 2023.

Offerings include:

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Community trash cleanup event with students from Bay Brook Elementary / Middle School during the 2022 Baltimore-Rotterdam Operation Trash exchange organized by Kathie diStefano.

Baltimore-Rotterdam virtual exchange program 2022: Operation Trash / Operatie Afval

An international cultural exchange project linking American & Dutch students — centered around the themes of waste and recycling.

Trash serves as the theme for a cross-cultural Sister City virtual exchange between schools in Baltimore (USA) and Rotterdam (the Netherlands) organized and designed by theatre artists and educator Kathie diStefano from Avalanche Arts, a Rotterdam-based nonprofit. Students research trash topics and recycling strategies and make presentations to share with their counterparts overseas. They are inspired to reduce litter and increase recycling in their communities while learning about each other’s cultures. There have been several exchanges between Baltimore and Rotterdam over the years.

The 2022 edition of the exchange kicked off in February 2022 with Bay Brook Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland (USA) and the bilingual Wolfert Lansing school in Lansingerland, a suburb of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, a sister city of Baltimore.

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Seagull Mamma Performance at Pratt Library Nov 6, 2019

Seagull Mamma: A Performance Piece about Trash and Recycling by Kathie diStefano

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Seagull Mama — A Performance Piece about Trash and Recycling

Performed by theatre artist & educator Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts.

This interactive show takes young audience members on a journey through the eyes of a seagull mamma who mistakes trash for fish while hunting for food for her young. How do our waterways get so polluted with plastic trash? The term ‘plastic soup’ is introduced; lakes, rivers, and seas that have so much plastic trash that no fish can live there.

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