From Life in Prison to Life of Purpose: Chris Wilson's Journey

From Life in Prison to Life of Purpose: Chris Wilson's Journey

Open your ears to 'The Truth in This Art' podcast, where Rob Lee is at the helm. Our today’s guest Chris Wilson, social entrepreneur, artist, author, and inspiration, rose from adversity in Washington D.C's challenging environment. Amidst poverty, addiction, and violence, he faced imprisonment at 17 with a life sentence. In isolation, he formulated his transformative "Master Plan," dedicating his life to self-improvement and helping others. Behind bars, he earned degrees, and languages, and became a mentor. After 16 years, he emerged with a new purpose. Now in Baltimore, he's the founder of Barclay Investment Corporation, a social enterprise, House of DaVinci furniture restoration, and Master Plan Productions content development. His journey reflects his book "The Master Plan: My Journey from a Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose," showcasing his evolution from hardship to entrepreneur, artist, and advocate, inspiring others to overcome and excel.

In this broadcast, we dive deep into:

  • Chris Wilson's incredible journey of personal growth, transitioning from incarceration to a life of purpose, highlighting resilience and transformation.
  • Examine the role of art as a potent vehicle for storytelling and shedding light on vital social concerns.
  • Investigate the synergy between profit-making and societal betterment in the realm of social entrepreneurship.
  • Unveil Chris Wilson's dedicated efforts in empowering marginalized individuals and fostering opportunities for their advancement.
  • Delve into Chris's artistic approach, underlining the significance of meticulous research and profound comprehension in addressing the subjects of his creations.
Chris shares his inspiring journey from a life in prison to a life of purpose. Growing up in a violent environment, Chris experienced abuse and witnessed the loss of loved ones. He found himself in prison at the age of 17, but made a decision to turn his life around. Through education, entrepreneurship, and personal growth, Chris transformed himself and became a successful artist and advocate for social justice. He uses his art to tell stories and shed light on important issues such as solitary confinement. Chris also discusses the concept of social entrepreneurship and the importance of giving back to the community.

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Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.

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About "The Truth In This Art"

Hosted by Rob Lee, "The Truth In This Art" podcast dives into the heart of creativity and its influence on the community. This arts and culture podcast from Baltimore highlights artists discussing their ideas, sharing insights, and telling impactful stories. Through these artist interviews, listeners gain a deeper understanding of the creative economy and artistic life in Baltimore. 

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Creators and Guests

Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson
artist, author and social entrepreneur