project leader
Zen Campbell .
130-160 Park Dr
(Kindleberger Park)
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the project

Kindleberger Alumni and Friends are coming together to celebrate the past, present, and future of the Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Performing Arts in Parchment, MI.  In contributing to the celebration of the Festival's 40th anniversary on July 9, 2022, we seek to bring participants together and to thank the residents of Parchment and greater Kalamazoo for 40 years of support for public art in community.

     This fundraising campaign will support a performance developed by our visiting artist, Festival alum and Parchment graduate, Elizabeth Keiser, who will lead local actors of all ages in a workshop to create “A Play in a Day” on July 9. Additionally, we seek to include the performance art troupe Big Nazo characters, along with local volunteers, in the Festival parade. And we will showcase the history of the Festival with the creation of a pop-up museum.  Selected features of the Museum include a timeline of Festival plays and events, art making, a museum shop, a photo booth, and the creation of community oral histories via StoryCorps interviews, to be digitally archived at the Parchment Community Library and the Library of Congress.

the steps

  • Fall 2021 - Festival Anniversary Committee formed, including Festival founder and several former and current directors.
  • November 2021 - Parchment Arts Commission approves proposed Anniversary Celebration.
  • December 2021 - begin outreach. Create Facebook Group for Alumni and Friends; in January 2022, contact non-Facebook users via local newsletters and bulletins, Library interviews/podcasts, and Kalamazoo-area radio broadcasts.
  • February 15 - March 31, 2022 - Fundraising.  Ioby campaign.  With a successful campaign, we will contract with Big Nazo and Elizabeth Keiser. 
  • April - begin to produce items needed for the Pop-up Museum and begin to source materials from community members.  We plan to reprint and enlarge selected historical photos for display; and create vintage-inspired Festival items for sale in our “shop,” including a poster and an Anniversary art print of Kathleen Keckler’s watercolor of the 1987 production of Fiddler on the Roof. If possible, we would like to rent equipment for showing a slide show of shared photos from the 40 year history of plays, concerts, and other Festival activities.
  • Throughout the spring - in collaboration with Parchment Community Library, we will be conducting interviews with Festival Alumni to build out our oral history archive.
  • July 9 - Festival Anniversary Celebration as part of the larger Kindleberger Summer Festival! Parade including Big Nazo, Play in a Day, Pop-up Museum, and Story Corps interview booth open and public to all.

why we're doing it

Forty years of community arts engagement and support is remarkable for a town of 2000 people.  Thousands of children and adults have benefited from participation in and exposure to the arts as presented in the Kindleberger Summer Festival.  We wish to thank Parchment residents and the greater Kalamazoo community for their commitment to this project, in all its varied and distinctive versions. All Kindleberger Festival participants have fostered their love of the arts and some alumni have become professional artists in music, theatre, film and television, with roots nurtured within the hills and fields of Kindleberger Park.


Additional Disbursed Budget 3.28.22

  Normal Fees
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $1.25
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $0.75


Disbursed budget 3.10.2022:

Big Nazo                                        $1000.

Two lead actors and costumes/masks for local participants in the Festival parade on July 9 in Parchment MI, preceded by a workshop for actor training.   


Mileage Reimbursement (to be adjusted due to current gas cost)             $1000.  

Providence RI / Parchment MI:  1772 mi, rd trip @ $.55/mile  


Elizabeth Keiser       $600.      

Artist stipend for “A Play in a Day” workshop and performance on July 9          


Pop-Up Museum                                           $1630.16 

Components include a timeline of Festival History, the Oral History project, a children’s craft project, a photo booth, and a shop



Display material rentals (e.g., fence panels, tables)  


            Materials for childrens’ craft project

            Tape and misc.mounting supplies (sleeves for photos, boards)   

            A/V equipment rental

                    Photo booth rental

                    Art reproduction (to be offset by sales of posters, t-shirts)

       * Food for Big Nazo & workshop participants at parade’s end

Total                             $4230.16

TOTAL RAISED = $4,598.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $229.90
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $137.94

Original budget:

Big Nazo performance troupe, artists fee & mileage reimbursement  -- $2000.

Festival Alum Elizabeth Keiser, A Play in a Day, workshop and performance  -- $500.

Material costs for Pop-up Museum and oral history project -- $1500.


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $217
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised.



Our ioby campaign is now closed, and we look forward to continuing our research, collecting memorabilia, designing and building our pop-up museum, and building this history with you all. Congratulations, again, and hope to see you in the Park on July 9!!



And thank you to all of the donors who contributed to our fundraising campaign and helped us reach our goal at 1:56 am Eastern Time on Sunday, Feb. 27.

We will not close the campaign at this point, if you still wish to give. Anything that we don't use toward the anniversary celebration expenses will be donated to the general Festival fund.  See you in the Park!!


Fantastic week!!

With two big surges in giving, from President's Weekend and Lindsay's Lucky Day, we have come within $1500 of our goal!!  We passed the halfway mark on Monday, and now stand at nearly $3000.  Thank you to all who have responded; we are going to have a great celebration!  I look forward to meeting many of you for the first time this summer, and I can't wait. And to my friends who are coming from coast to coast to coast (yes, Cleveland is a coastal city), I get all teary-eyed just thinking of you. Let's finish this, and get on with the show!

Campaign Launch Date!!

Inspired and encouraged by our friends, we are launching this campaign now!!  Why wait till everyone is too full from Super Bowl parties and chocolate covered strawberries, consumed while watching the Olympics?  Let's think summer fun in the park...  Plainwell Ice Cream and The Wizard of Oz!!

It's great to hear that so many are making plans to meet in the Park, from coast to coast, old friends and new... we'll see you on July 9 at the Pop-up Museum or in the Parade! 

The Festival runs July 6-11, just in case you need more than one day to celebrate and support the arts in beautiful Kindleberger Park.


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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  • The Uggen Family
  • Bethany Wall
  • David G.
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  • Amanda G.
  • Kathleen K.
  • Anonymous
  • Lauren Wunderlich
  • Rodríguez Family
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  • Gerald & Zen Campbell
  • Balmers
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  • Jamie Hand
  • Lincoln Restler
  • Erika R.
  • Lou I.
  • Kris and Tom J.
  • Kate W.
  • Holly (Tanis) Henderson
  • Andrews family
  • Shauna Ann Collison
  • Rick & Martha Serafini
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  • Shelley L.
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  • Natalie Campbell
  • Lindsay Campbell
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  • Rob and Karen H.
  • Janet & Peter C.
  • Molly's Bday
  • Terese and Judy
  • Randy R.