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Thievin’ Stephen Street Art to Benefit Non-profit, Reconnect Rochester

November 9th, 2014

Street artist Thievin' Stephen has donated some of his work to benefit Reconnect Rochester, a 501(c)3 non-profit group working to improve transit alternatives in our area. [PHOTO: Thievin' Stephen]
By Mike Governale

You may recall waaay back in 2010 a group of RocSubway readers got together with the intent of drumming up support for transportation alternatives in Rochester. In a town where the car is king, that was to be no easy task. But we’ve been making measurable progress. Find out how you can help, AND get some original Thievin’ Stephen artwork as a thank-you…

Reconnect Rochester needs your support to keep rolling in 2015. [PHOTO: John Derycke]
Reconnect Rochester external link is now a legal 501(c)3 non-profit and we’re empowering the public to help shape our transportation future with initiatives that include project-tracking, regular engagement with public officials to guide policy & planning, and educational events – including an annual holiday from our cars. Looking ahead to 2015, three newly-formed committees will work on making a positive impact on pedestrian safety, our bus system, and our rail infrastructure. The volunteers at Reconnect Rochester are not just focused on our current transportation network, but also the network we’ll need tomorrow.

To achieve these important goals, Reconnect needs support in the form of volunteers and money. Thankfully, good volunteers have been stepping forward. And now, local graffiti artist Thievin’ Stephen external link has stepped UP to help with the fund-raising…

Make a donation to Reconnect Rochester and this original print by Thievin' Stephen could be yours. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
In the summer of 2011 Thievin’ Stephen was hit by a car while riding his bike in downtown Rochester. About a week after the accident he created this poster, which—in a not-so-subtle way—calls on the City to install bike lanes.

Stephen says with a snicker, “At my request, or maybe by sheer coincidence, Rochester’s first bike lanes began showing up the very next month.”

So in a strange way, this poster is a symbol of what can be achieved when citizens raise their voices and ask for change.

You'll also find a similar piece of art by Thievin' Stephen hiding in the Rochester subway tunnel. [PHOTO: Thievin' Stephen]
If you took part in the ROC Transit Day external link treasure hunt you may have even spotted one of these in the subway tunnel.

Each print is signed and numbered by artist Thievin' Stephen. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
Now Stephen has made the remaining 12 limited-edition prints available as a gift to supporters of Reconnect Rochester. The first 12 people to donate $100 or more using the button below will receive a signed and numbered print, as well as a thank-you letter from Reconnect Rochester.

You may also donate via postal mail. But please email info@rochestersubway.com and ask to hold your print for you. The prints will be first-come-first-serve. Send your check, payable to:

Your donation (above the value of the poster) will be tax-deductible. If you don’t care to receive a poster, you can of course make a donation in any amount or even set a recurring monthly contribution using this button…

Thanks to all of our supporters! And thanks to Thievin’ Stephen!

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