The International Sister Cities Program was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 to create a force for international cooperation and understanding through community involvement by promoting Peace through people-to-people relationships. In Baltimore, the program runs under the aegis of the Mayor's Office of International & Immigrant Affairs.
The Baltimore-Piraeus Sister Cities Committee was founded over twenty-five years ago to promote cultural and business exchanges between the port cities of Baltimore, USA and Piraeus, Greece.
The committee's programs include: business and community interaction; technical assistance; cultural exchanges; citizens' visits.
Membership in the Baltimore-Piraeus Sister City program is Free, with two membership levels:
1. Mayoral Appointee – Active involvement in the committee and attendance at monthly meetings.
2. Associate Member – Interest in the committee and available to participate or help in our various programs.
• Aegean Evening I through III have benefitted:
Cooley's Anemia research at Johns Hopkins Children's Center,
The Liberty Ship S.S. John W. Brown,
Acquisition and preservation of artifacts for the Ancient Collection of The Walters Art Museum,
The good works of the Sister City Committee.
• Musical Performance of works by Grammy-nominated Greek composer Christopher Theofanidis at the Peabody Conservatory, including "Song of Piraeus"
• Trip to the Onassis Foundation in New York to view Alexander the Great exhibit; Twentieth Anniversary Celebration at The Walters Art Museum in cooperation with the Alexandria/Luxor, Egypt Sister City Committee including a buffet, entrance to the exhibits and Greek and Egyptian entertainment
• Underwriting of Olympic Exhibition "Heroes of the Ancient Games" at the Walters; Donation to the Kyriakion Orphanage in Piraeus
• Sponsorship & Presence at "Noontime New Years: A Celebration of Greece" at Port Discovery, the Children's Museum in Baltimore; more.
The Mayor of Piraeus was a guest of the City of Baltimore and greeted by former Mayor Martin O'Malley of Baltimore in a special reception in his private offices.
Business and Economic development: The Committee represents Baltimore and the State of Maryland at a booth at the Hermes International Expo in Atlantic City each year.