HUMBOLDT PARK

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May 19

Hosted + produced by Kristen Kaza + Elijah McKinnon
Artists to be announced. This space is wheelchair accessible.

Kristen Kaza is the Creative Director and Founder of No Small Plans Productions, partying with a purpose since 2012 producing & programming events with and for Chicago's creative and philanthropic communities. She has programmed and produced events for the Museum of Contemporary Art, United States Artists, Chicago Community Trust, EMPIRE Fox, EXPO Chicago, and many more. NSP is the Executive Producer of Slo 'Mo, a longtime R&B dance party celebrating community & slow jams hosted by Kristen. In 2016, Kristen launched REUNION, a coworking & event/exhibition space in Humboldt Park prioritizing space for women, the queer community and people of color. At REUNION, they host classes, workshops, events and art shows, as well as work during the day in their bustling coworking studio. Kristen teaches marketing and public relations at Columbia College Chicago, her Alma Mater, and is an active member in the LGTBQ community. 

Elijah McKinnon is a marketing maven, cultural producer, and artist. In addition to serving as the Founder and Director of People Who Care --- an independent consultancy that works exclusively with Chicago-based nonprofits and grassroots initiatives such as AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Northwestern University, Chances Dances and many more  -- they are also actively involved in Chicago's queer, creative and philanthropic communities. Elijah recently directed and produced season two of “Two Queens in a Kitchen,” Open TV -Beta’s turn-to-relevance cooking series that examines the queer experience through food, lifestyle and personal anecdotes. They are constantly moving and shaking in an attempt to build meaningful relationships and encourage resource sharing. In addition to their professional and artistic credits, Elijah co-produced and starred in Chicago's #PrEP4Love campaign; manages REUNION, a co-working/event studio located in Humboldt Park; holds a seat on the board of IPaintMyMind; volunteers at Creative Mornings Chicago; serves as the Executive Director and host of Canvas Primer; and is the Head of Marketing and Design for Open TV - Beta.