For the Record

Wonderworks was formed in 2004 by a group of concerned university and secondary school educators and parents who saw a need to offer students of special promise and ability age-appropriate but challenging extra-curricular learning opportunities to increase cultural literacy and stimulate creative development. Wonderworks initially functioned under the umbrella of the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County, but since June 2005 has operated as a freestanding 501 (c) (3) organization under the IRS code.

Board of Directors

Lynn Kelly

Kate Morton

Catherine Drake Gross

Adam Adams

Adele Howell Bentsen

Stephen Davis

Sarah Ellenzweig

Gary A. García

Anita Garten

Erika de la Garza

Lenja Gould

Elizabeth Gregory

Carlos Jiménez

Melissa Kean

Melissa Matsu


Drexel Turner
Executive Director

Schyler Rhea
Assistant to the Director

Ilsi Bazaldua
Special Projects


Houston Endowment

The Elkins Foundation

The Brown Foundation, Inc.

Susan Vaughan Foundation