WHAT WE DO
No Small Plans Productions is a Chicago-based event & cultural production company, creating work that both provides a platform for Chicago's artists & enterprisers and connects communities.
NSP aims to create welcoming spaces for people of diverse identities and expressions to experience entertainment in a locally-supportive, intimate, and authentic format. We especially love working with organizations that work to create positive change and strengthen communities.
NSP offers the following services: Cultural programming, event planning & production, experiential marketing and audience/guest list development. NSP specializes in creating programming that speaks to and celebrates often marginalized communities, including women, people of color and LGBTQ identified people.
WHO WE ARE
Kristen Kaza - Principal, Creative Director
Kristen Kaza is the Principal and Creative Director of No Small Plans Productions, partying with a purpose since 2012 with programs and parties for the Museum of Contemporary Art, EXPO Chicago, United States Artists, EMPIRE Fox, Chicago Community Trust, Rebuilding Exchange & more. Prior to launching her business, she worked in community engagement for Whole Foods Market, Time Out Chicago, and the Chicago Reader, where Kristen served as Marketing Director during the media entity’s crucial transition out of bankruptcy with a game changing redesign & relaunch.
Kristen is a very active leader in the LGBTQ community, and in 2009 was recognized with a 30 Under 30 honor from Windy City Media Group for her accomplishments. In 2014-2016, Kristen was voted Best Party Promoter in the Chicago Reader, and her longtime R&B Dance Party Slo ‘Mo has been awarded Best Dance Party categories in the Reader, Time Out Chicago, Chicago Magazine, Chicagoist and more. Slo 'Mo celebrates queer community and slow jams and hosts parties around Chicago, including a residency at the Whistler 3rd Thursdays of each month and monthly Slow Jams Yoga and other community and self care focused workshops at Reunion.
In 2016, along with fellow Cultural Producer Elijah McKinnon, Kristen assumed Reunion, a coworking & events incubator for women, the LGBTQ community and people of color. Launched to create space for folks typically underrepresented in traditional work environments, Reunion serves as a coworking space by day and event/exhibition environment by night. Kristen also teaches at Columbia College, her alma mater, where she gets to meet and mentor the next great generation of creative minds. When she's not hosting, producing or teaching, Kristen's probably lounging with friends in a caftan, hanging with her husky Demi.
Kkaza@no-small-plans.com | @KristenKaza