They say that a little help goes a long way, and we believe that's true. Because it has been 20 years of undiminished support of our community and foundations, that has brought Thingamajigs where we are today. It started with an art project and along the way new ideas emerged. Today, Thingamajigs' programs include Thingamakids! camps, classes and workshops, Thingamajigs Performance Group collaborations and art festivals such as Aeolian Day and Pacific Exchange.

Our program calendar has been full for the last few years, and we have been fortunate to gather support for the most part. Wherever we missed, we learned a lot. So, as we look forward to another 5-10 years of growth, we need your continued, strong support.

That's why we invite you to participate in our Annual Music For People & Thingamajigs Fundraiser – so named after the art project that started it all.  

Any amount is welcome, but you can define your contribution in the following ways:


  • Friends Forever : $15 or more/MONTH

Support ongoing activities, events, teacher fee payments and establishment costs.

  • Project Partner : $30 oR MORE/MONTH

Support sustainability of our recurring annual workshops and events.


  • Artist Aid : $100, $200, $300

Support special works and installations that require greater financial investments.

  • Event Starter : $450

Help start or sustain a large community event that engages international artists.


Shop at Amazon Smile, and contribute.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Thingamajigs whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

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
Katy Luo
Robert Lyons
Scott McNeil
Lisa Mezzacappa
Jubilith Moore
Suki O'Kane
Liz Keim
Sarah Cahill
Simon & Jessica Christen

David Samas
Catherine Schocker
Edward & Tomoko Schocker
Jay Stamps
Norman Teale
Edythe A Vassall
Jeni Paltiel
Arjun Mendiratta
Hilary Dockray
Stephen Shaver
Ilan Kayatsky
Jeffrey Elman
Dyana Vukovich
Rebecca Seeman
Amelia Hurlbut
Kim Webster
Kelly Scott
Alexander Sigman
Ann Dyer Cervantes
Judy Halebsky
Rita Hurault
Kavita Srinivasan
Amy Dryden
Daniel and Juliet Lee

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.

I'd like my (recurring) donation to go to


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
Audrey Price
Nava Rosenthal

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.



Dept.  Education | Reports to Program Manager

Thingamakids! seek your early childhood education experience combined with your arts and music background, to nurture their curiosity into artful music.

Thingamakids! Education Program brings children, artists and teachers together through scientific and artful sound experiments designed for Pre-K and K-8 schools. Children aged 3 to 12 years are engaged in the study of sounds produced by found objects, through Music,Movement & Games, Hands-on Instrument Building and Ensemble Performances.

Responsibilities : As a Teaching Artist, you'll be able to:

  • Develop sequential curricula that reflects the Thingamajigs pedagogy in school residencies, camps, and workshops.
  • Support a child’s innate curiosity and encourage their creativity
  • Create a culture of learning in the classroom that reflects Thingamajigs’ values and supports youth in their artistic and creative development
  • Manage the process of exploration, creation and performance which are fundamental to Thingamakids! Program

Key Qualifications

  • Experience in teaching children ages 3 - 12
  • Background in arts and music
  • Ability to manage small to large group of children
  • Ability to create workshops of your own based on available time and age-groups
  • Candidates with experience in nonprofit education programs will be preferred

Commitment & Compensation

  • Training : Teaching Artists will learn the Thingamajigs pedagogy during Teaching Artist workshops, which allows both new and experienced Thingamajigs Teaching Artists to exchange ideas about teaching methods and projects
  • Time : Hours will vary based on the workshop, the number of programs contracted for each semester, and your availability.  Typically, our after-school programs require 1-5 hours per week, while our camps (which take place during Winter Break, Spring Break, and the summer) may require 15-30 hours
  • Pay : Commensurate with experience, and the type of program engagement

Upcoming Programs with Teaching Artist vacancies

  • After-school workshop

  • Spring Break Camp

    • Ages 3-5
    • Dates : April 2 to April 6, 2018
    • Venue 1 : American International Montessori School - 9AM to 4PM
    • Venue 2 : Piedmont Recreation Department - 9AM to 12PM

The Thingamakids Education Program includes in-school residencies, workshops and seasonal camps; they may be found in schools in the Bay Area, including American International Montessori, Bridges Academy, North Oakland Community Charter, and other schools in Oakland Unified School District.


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