In 2007 the New Rochelle Council on the Arts partnered with the Municipal Arts Commission to create the Downtown Mural Project. The result was Steal Away, a 20’ x 30’ silkscreen outdoor mural located in the heart of the City’s downtown. Adapted from a work by New Rochelle resident and internationally known artist Jeff Schlanger, the mural was sponsored by the City of New Rochelle and installed on the southeast wall of 41 Lawton Street.
The Downtown Mural Project was conceived by the Municipal Arts Commission in late 2007 and initiated early in 2008 by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts from a as a way of bringing current and vital art experiences to the Downtown area. Michael Degiacomo of Neptune Signs, a member of the Municipal Arts Commission, donated the installation costs and building owner John Rodrigues donated use of 41 Lawton Street.


Jeff Schlanger, a graduate of Music and Art High School and student of Maija Grotell at Cranbrook, has developed public art projects on three interrelated subjects: Music, War and Peace. His music Witness ® paintings and sculpture have been part of all 11 annual Vision Festivals held each spring in New York City. His music Witness® Project, launched in 1975, consists of an extended series of paintings, drawings and prints created during live performances of improvising musicians.