The Mission

Wonder’s mission is to cultivate a faith-based, family-focused, and community-centered environment in which families can explore, create, and share with others the wonders of God around us. The core of everything we do is to foster creativity and good character in individuals, strengthen togetherness within the family unit, and celebrate generosity by actively sharing with the community.

Wonder is seeking support to create a unique local space for families of faith to experience community and expand our programs to meet the needs of the rapidly growing homeschool community.

 

…We want to prepare the next generation of actors, script writers, composers, musicians, film makers, artists, choreographers, dancers, instructors, tech developers, graphic designers, public speakers, and others in the creative industry that will influence our society’s future…

The Need

Through our Generations program, once per week from September until May, over 150 homeschool students learn to play instruments, apply art techniques, work together as a team, practice grace and courtesy, build stronger self-discipline and concentration skills, learn Biblical values and concepts, memorize scripture, and exemplify good character. 

Though Wonder is impactful, meaningful, and the highlight of the week for most of the families and students who participate, we want to make an even greater impact in the community. We want to prepare the next generation of faith-based musicians, composers, artists, actors, script writers, film makers, choreographers, dancers, instructors, tech developers, graphic designers, public speakers, and others in the creative industry that will influence our society’s future. We want that influence to come from more people who value the Bible, hard work, integrity, creativity, and who also have a good sense of their responsibility as citizens in this country. 

The Roots

As a tax-exempt nonprofit organization (EIN 61-1975708), we rely on a dedicated group of generous private donors to fund all of our operating expenses. They are the Roots of Wonder. Roots are the reason plants remain attached to the ground. They support the plant body, ensuring it stands strong. Wonder’s Roots donors are no different. Roots donors enable us to make sure 100% of all public contributions and fundraising go directly to programs that support Wonder families and students.

Roots donors enable us to make sure 100% of all public contributions and fundraising go directly to programs that support Wonder families and students.

Funding to…purchase a property large enough to expand our programs, and create a community center for classes, lessons, events, and more for homeschoolers and the faith community at-large…

The Funding

Funding is being requested to purchase a property large enough to expand our programs to meet the needs of the rapidly growing homeschool community, hire staff to run and support all of our programs, and create a community center for classes, lessons, events, and more for homeschoolers and the faith community at-large. This community center will also feature rotating art exhibits to showcase both professional artists within the faith-based community and Wonder student artists.

The Project

This property has over 100 acres and is located 30 minutes from Denver and 35 minutes north of Colorado Springs on the Colorado Front Range, which continues to be one of the fastest growing areas in the country, year after year. With over 25,000 square feet of space available upon purchase, this property will allow Wonder to prepare the next generation of faith-based musicians, composers, artists, actors, script writers, film makers, choreographers, dancers, instructors, tech developers, graphic designers, public speakers, and others in the creative industry that will influence our society’s future for His glory.

There were an estimated 39,000 to 48,000 K-12 homeschool students in Colorado during the spring of 2016, and, according to the Colorado Department of Education, the number of students reported as homeschooled doubled during the 2020-2021 school year. This means there are nearly 100,000 homeschool students in Colorado. Considering the fact that roughly two-thirds of homeschoolers are Christian, there’s a local opportunity in Colorado to help homeschool students of all ages further increase their skills and learn new ones with access to a wider variety of high-quality music, arts, and enrichment activities than our current funding and space allow, including band, orchestra, choir, dance, theater, art, photography, computer programming, piano and guitar lessons, early childhood music, and more. 

For our high school seniors, both locally and nationally, this funding will allow them to participate in our expanded Honor Society. With an estimated 3.7 million homeschooled students across the country during the 2020-2021 school year alone, Wonder has the potential to build up thousands of youth with biblical character and leadership development, service and citizenship projects, and business and entrepreneurship training.

…With over 25,000 square feet of space available upon purchase, this property will allow Wonder to prepare the next generation of faith-based musicians, composers, artists, actors, script writers, film makers, choreographers, dancers, instructors, tech developers, graphic designers, public speakers, and others in the creative industry that will influence our society’s future for His glory…

The objective is that by the end of 2025, Wonder will have helped over 3,000 students demonstrably increase their skills among the many classes and activities we offer at little to no cost to families.

 

The Outcome

The objective is that by the end of 2025, Wonder will have helped over 3,000 students demonstrably increase their skills among the many classes and activities we offer at little to no cost to families.

It’s been such a blessing to hear how our vision for Wonder has resonated with so many families. We desire to nurture creativity within the faith community through our skill-based music, art, and enrichment classes. All so we, our individual students and collectively as an organization, can share and encourage our family, our friends, and the community to God’s glory! Music and the arts, along with the many subdivisions within them, have the unique gift of influence and can carry messages and stories that touch the heart and mind. We hope the work of Wonder gains a reputation for sharing a message of faith, family, and creative fun, because that is our intention.

The work of change is not for the faint of heart. Many people want to see change but do not know where to start. We’re thankful for the vision God gave us more than a decade ago, and we’re committed to running this race and finishing our course.

Spring Concert + Living Theater

2023-2024 Year of Wonder Spring Concert + Art Display

Our annual Year of Wonder: Spring Concert + Art Display is filled with a culmination of this year’s beautiful music from Wonder’s very own Homeschool Day youth ensembles and works of art inspired by this year’s wonder theme to honor our wonderful season.

Wonder's Living Theater Day

Welcome to Wonder’s first Living Theater Day! Journey with us to the 1930’s where the United States was in the midst of The Great Depression and The Great Dust Bowl. At each location you’ll have an opportunity to listen and watch actors represent people from this era. You will also have the opportunity to participate and communicate with some groups. Please be respectful of all of the beautiful and borrowed props while you are touring our museum. We hope that through this presentation of experiences and skills you will see how people were still able to find joy, and praise God even through very hard times. Enjoy!

The Yearbook

The Wonder Origin Story

In times of uncertainty and division, it’s even more vital we fill our homes and communities with faith, creativity, and hope. It’s equally crucial we equip our young people with the skills, character, and mindset to honor the generation before them and teach the generation after them.

Many people ask us why we started an in-person music, arts, and enrichment program during the unprecedented year that was 2020. 

Personally, our children played orchestral music at retirement communities for several years prior to 2020. But, in 2020, every place we called said no. Under zero circumstances and not with a 10-foot pole could we get near their residents to share music. So, instead we asked, “Can we just play outside their windows?”

When a friend told us about a modest, low-income nursing home community, we finally got a yes. This particular community never had a waitlist of musical performers like other retirement communities usually do. On the contrary, one resident expressed feeling like no one knew they were there.

So, we organized a small ensemble of young musicians, including three of our children, who went from window to window performing beautiful arrangements. I can remember like it was yesterday. The musicians were setting up at the first window with music stands, instruments, and sheet music. There was a loud construction crew working and the place where the musicians stood was in the blazing, 75-degree heat of May with no shade. I could barely hear myself think with the construction going on behind us. There was no way the nursing home residents would be able to hear them play. However, as the young musicians played, the construction foreman stopped his crew from working so they could all listen. It became so quiet except for the sweet sound of young musicians playing as if they were in a concert hall before a multitude of listeners. But, for them, they were playing for an audience of one. After nearly 10 minutes and one entire set, a roaring round of applause came from nearly 50 feet away as the construction crew became an unexpected audience. The young musicians moved from window to window carrying their various instruments and music stands with smiles on their faces and not a single complaint from their mouths. We observed the nursing home residents clapping at the end of each set and thanking the musicians through slightly opened windows.  

As we approached the last window and final set of the outdoor concert, we were met by the facility director who was all smiles as he recounted the atmosphere inside. “It’s buzzing in there,” he told us. He went on to tell us the residents inside the building were dancing and moving their feet to the music and singing as if they no longer had dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other progressive forms of memory loss. The director told us once the musicians stopped playing, the residents went back to their normal functions and behavior. They’d never had such wonderful music played for their residents (his words, not ours).

How powerful.  

The gift of music was able to fuel expressions of joy through individuals that were mentally isolated due to their medical condition and physically isolated due to politics. It was emotional for us to know that our children were able to share God’s wonders through their music-playing and generosity and we saw the blessing reach further than we imagined.

There’s an English proverb, “There’s no time like the present,” and we knew it when we started Wonder in 2020 and it’s true for what we’re embarking on today. Because in times of uncertainty and division, it’s even more vital we fill our homes and communities with faith, creativity, and hope. It’s equally crucial we equip our young people with the skills, character, and mindset to honor the generation before them and teach the generation after them.  

On August 1st, 2020, Wonder was born and Psalms 71:17-18 became our motto. It reads: “God, You have taught me from my youth. Until now, I have declared Your wonders. Yes, even when I am old and gray-haired, God, don’t forsake me, until I have declared Your strength to the next generation, Your might to everyone who is to come.”

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