Carrie Augat
Jon Augat
Winston Berger
Sheila Berotti
Donald Day
Jeffrey Elman
Paul Dresher
Tom and Susan Duff
Jeffrey Elman
Peter & Anne Esmonde
Yukie Fujimoto
Bart Hopkin
Lynette Hunter
Oke Lee
Brenda Hutchinson

Liz Keim
Katy Luo
Robert Lyons
Scott McNeil
Lisa Mezzacappa
Jubilith Moore
Suki O'Kane
David Samas
Catherine Schocker
Edward & Tomoko Schocker
Catherine SchockerJay Stamps
Norman Teale
Edythe A Vassall
Jeni Paltiel

If you would like to add to our strength, here are a few PROGRAMS You can contribute towards.

Aeolian Day

Your donation will go towards event arrangements, promotional material, food service for artists and commissioned artwork.

In-school Residencies

Your donation will go to the Teaching Artists, project supplies & equipment and to establish new partnerships with schools.

Continuum & MFP&T

Your donations will go towards artist commissions, and event arrangements for Lou Harrisson's 100th birthday celebration.

Community Growth

Your donation will be applied to any or all of our programs; and will help grow the Thingamajigs community and its activities.

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We love to have our mailbox filled with your generosity. So, you can also mail a check towards 'Thingamajigs', to the following address:

5000 MacArthur Blvd #9826
Oakland, CA 94613

Do mention your mailing address, so we can send you an acknowledgement of your tax-deductible donation.





We are grateful to the foundations, organizations and companies who have supported our programs for many years.

If your organization would like to partner with us for artist programs, school programs, to host events and festivals or for any other collaboration, please write to us :




John Carnahan
Nathan Moody
Scott McNeil
Gopal V
Raj Shekhar
Muller Luo
Maurissa Dorn
Michael McGee

Cere Davis
Kunal Dovedy
Sarah Chung
Staci Southwick
David Ilstrup
Adam Sheppard
Sudhu Tewari
Carly Hoopes
Taylor Gersbach


We look for your skills, expertise, compassion and creativity round-the-year. Choose from the roles below; or you can write to us at to discuss other ways to team up.

Administrative Manager (AM) | PAID CONTRACT

Dept.  Admin | Reports to Executive Director

The board and the Executive Director (ED) seek a strategic, and process-minded individual with experience in key administrative planning and execution. The AM will be required to help Thingamajigs organize and conduct its various programs seamlessly. The AM will oversee the high-level plan for each program, that typically involves budget allocation/fund distribution, artist coordination, host/venue/partner coordination, promotion/marketing, volunteer engagement and final execution. The person will coordinate with other staff members to ensure all components of a program are aligned with the master plan.

The breakdown of the tasks is as below:

General Administration - in coordination with the Executive Director

  • Manage tasks, schedules and responsibilities of staff, artists, contractors, interns and board; coordinate meetings
  • Coordinate with external parties such as schools, host/venue companies or partner organizations
  • Assist in annual program budget allocation process

Program Management - in coordination with Program Manager, Executive Director, Artistic Director & Communications Director (The Program Team)

  • Facilitate financial resources dedicated to programs and festivals in close cooperation with Artistic Director and Program Manager
  • Develop and manage media plans and advertising partners/sponsors
  • Maintain a calendar of upcoming events, activities and workshops
  • Regularly discuss and assist Communications Director in program promotion and marketing
  • Assist The Program Team in production of public events, including, but not limited to setup, strike, merchandise, box office, concessions, and ushering
  • Manage financial transactions, including ticketing and box office cash

Fund Management (Grants, Donations & Sponsorships) - in coordination with Executive Director & Communications Director:

  • Assist in design and management of fundraiser campaigns (includes donations & sponsorships)
  • Track donor and sponsorship activity
  • Acknowledge donations per IRS requirements
  • Assist Executive Director in Grant Management

People Management (Volunteers, Interns & special hires) - in coordination with Executive Director & Communications Director

  • Manage the volunteer requirement for events & activities
  • Manage allocation of tasks to each volunteer
  • Identify and update ED on any new requirement for an intern, hire or volunteer

Key Qualifications/Skills

The successful candidate must be driven by the mission of Thingamajigs. Individuals with prior experience in nonprofit management will be preferred. Other requirements are:

  • Ability to balance program scope against the realities of a budget; and problem solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organizational plan
  • Ensure the various programs are conducted smoothly
  • Understanding of administrative tasks in a nonprofit organization; experience with business functions and systems, such as strategic development and planning, budgeting, information systems, volunteership, and marketing
  • Experience in writing grants and other non-profit communication material will be an advantage

Proficiency in Digital Tools

  • Office management web tools - Google Drive, Google docs/sheets
  • Documentation tools - MS Office or similar product suite
  • Basic email communication experience (Thingamajigs uses Google Apps)

Time commitment/Compensation

Fee-for-service - independent contractor role, estimated at 15 hours/week (may vary during an event or festival); AM will primarily work-from-home and will be part of weekly meetings with other staff members at a designated office space.




Dept.  Education | Reports to Program Manager

Help kids discover sounds through found objects. Thingamakids! Summer Camp makes use of craft items such as construction paper, glue etc., and performing art techniques such as dance, to engage children in sound explorations. Your teaching skills and theatrical abilities can make the camp a delightful experience.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Conduct sessions designed for children, with other teaching artist
  • Monitor different activities to ensure safety at all times
  • Address individual concerns as needed

Skills Required

  • Teaching experience with children
  • Strong communication skills
  • Art/Music project development
  • Ability to handle diverse groups of children

Time commitment

Week-long engagement with full-day & half-day sessions.

Good to have

  • Knowledge of the arts and arts education
  • Experience in non-profit volunteer roles
  • Creative interpersonal skills


Dept.  Communications | Reports to Social Media Expert

Are you a photographer? Are you a video-grapher? Are you a sound recordist? There are intriguing projects, activities and festivals waiting for your lens and microphones. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Cover the assigned/ chosen project, according to the objective of the event/activity
  • Compile the gathered content and submit it in the required format

Skills Required

  • Knowledge of the equipment in use
  • Basic experience in editing and compilation of visual and audio content
  • Good communication skills

Time commitment

Based on the chosen project, activity or festival

Good to have

  • Knowledge of the arts and arts education
  • Experience in non-profit volunteer roles
  • Creative interpersonal skills