Kathie diStefano employs interactive techniques and creative arts to build awareness for environmental themes.
January 2019:  
Mavo Vos Operation Trash Poster Project  

Playing in a Cleaner Neighborhood, Jan Ligthart Elementary, NL 

Rotterdam-Baltimore City Link collaboration 
 
November 2018:
Avon Grove Charter School
visit to discuss potential exchange program, West Grove, PA, USA 
Operation Trash workshops at Montfort College, Rotterdam, NL 
 
October:
Baltimore Public Works meetings to kick off collaboration  

Young Audiences of Baltimore presentation for staff, Baltimore, USA
 
Week of Sustainability, workshops, Geuzencollege, Vlaardingen, NL 

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Avalanche Arts Teams Up With Baltimore City 
Kathie diStefano has been commissioned to work with the Baltimore Department of Public Works (DPW)
to increase awareness for their litter challenges and recycling goals. This collaboration kicked off in November 2018 and will continue until Earth Day 2019 when new educational materials will be launched in Baltimore schools and posted on the DPW website.
Young Audiences of Baltimore Invites Ms Kathie To Artist Roster 
Ms Kathie’s introduction to theater program will be offered to Baltimore City schools through the Young Audiences of Baltimore arts in schools program. Her program incorporates storytelling with the trash and recycling theme. Audience participation and play along theater techniques will be used to teach preschool through grade 2 about the importance of throwing trash away where it belongs and the consequences for our wildlife and waterways when people don’t. The program will also include Dutch elements to highlight the Rotterdam-Baltimore Sister City connection.  

Kathie diStefano, co founder Avalanche Arts, employs interactive techniques and theatre arts to create awareness for environmental themes among her audiences. Whatever the method, ranging one-time presentation or series of workshops, the objective remains the same: having fun while learning.
The Baltimore Rotterdam Sister City Committee (BRSCC) promotes cooperation, mutual understanding, and friendship between the citizens of Baltimore in Maryland, U.S.A. and Rotterdam in The Netherlands. Avalanche Arts has been collaborating with the BRSCC since 2011 when Harbortraces, a cultural exploration, was first launched. Since then Avalanche Arts has visited Baltimore yearly with workshops and performances.
harbortraces.org
   Projects
Operation Trash for middle and high schools teaches the importance of good trash management and the problems that arise when we ‘trash’ our communities and pollute our planet.
Playing in a Cleaner Neighborhood, for elementary schools, offers lessons that teach the need for trash reduction, increased recycling and the effects of trash pollution on our environment.
   Workshops
Improvisational Theater 
Impro designed to combine 'play' with learning about cooperation and the balance between leading and following. Playing improv games can be great fun and is a wonderful way to work on healthy group dynamics. 
Professional Development Operation Trash workshop for professional development gives participants the opportunity to experience hands on how fun interactive exercises can enhance group dynamics, train focus and energize.
Community Outreach
Bringing people together to learn and share while having a good time. 
Combining traditional strategies like food festivals and neighborhood cleanups to mobilize and inform residents about important community issues.