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Every Day I’m Hustlin’

Jesse James

Photo: Baynard Woods, License: N/A

Baynard Woods

Jesse James works two full-time jobs. He holds down a corporate job which pays the bills; at the same time, he works as co-program director for Articulate Baltimore, the west-side mural project, which has its final celebration on Oct. 27 at Current Space. “It’s crazy how much you have to be here for logistical stuff,” he says, standing under the mural that he and his co-director Stefan Hauswald, spent six days painting. “Insurance, the lifts, permits: It’s a lot,” he says. James hopes to be able to practice art and continue organizing Articulate Baltimore full-time in the near future. He acknowledges that it is tough to be paid for street art, where there isn’t a canvas for collectors to buy, but he has managed to pay all of the artists involved in Articulate—“enough that it is worth their while”—with funding from a wide variety of sources, including the Mayor’s office, the Deutsch Foundation, MTA, BOPA, the Hippodrome, the Downtown Partnership, and others. Street art, he says, is “more accessible, where people can see it. It’s not in a gallery and you don’t have to pay for it. Everybody can enjoy it.”

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