By Carson Bolding
Last night, Studio Movie Grill honored Big Thought’s own Lisa Schmidt with their third annual Opening Hearts and Minds Award, an award presented to leaders who go above and beyond to create positive change in their communities. The night included a red carpet and a special screening of Incredibles 2 to honor this incredible woman.
Lisa is the founder of Creative Solutions, a program that uses performing and visual arts to teach job and college readiness skills to youth on probation. For over 30 years, Lisa has been impacting young people across the Dallas-Fort Worth area and inspiring those who work alongside her. Her influence and energy is exemplified by the words shared by her family, friends, co-workers, and students.
“[This award] acknowledges the wonderful and passionate work Lisa does. And it’s all because her heart is so full of life and joy and so much creativity to share with so many children across the Dallas metroplex.” (Mary Hernandez)
“Passionate advocate. Nobody works harder, works longer, and is more passionate about serving kids than Lisa.” (Greg MacPherson)
“When I started in the program, I was very angry. I didn’t even want to smile. But she would come up to me and break me out of that shell, make me smile, make me laugh.” (Bone García)
“Inspiring. She’s full of energy. She’s done countless things to help youth across Dallas. She motivates us to no end.” (Kristi Flanders)
“Her passion goes beyond barriers, beyond culture, beyond skin color.” (James Adams)
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