Welcome to my little corner of the interwebs. My name is Elijah McKinnon. I’m a multi-hyphenate millennial and sometimes human living life and such as a #queerdragon. When I'm not dreaming I spend a majority of my time helping people create, organize and sustain their mission through campaigns, cultural productions, and brand strategies at my consultancy peoplewho.care. Sometimes I moonlight as a spacemaker, curator, speaker, writer, designer, event producer, filmmaker, sound selector, and all-around media junkie.
I see the world through a strategic design lens and strongly believe that problems are pleasant opportunities waiting to be discovered. My curiosity encourages me to seek challenges. I'm deeply rooted in many different communities in an attempt to encourage resource sharing, meaningful relationships, and equality. I only wear white and black, drink way too much coffee, love to travel and consume a lot of garlic. Need more info and/or wanna start something meaningful? Read my full bio below to see if our values and intentions are aligned.
Elijah is an award-winning strategist, creative director, entrepreneur, artist and advocate from the future currently residing on planet earth. They received a Bachelors of Science from the Art Institute of San Francisco in Marketing and Management with a focus in Campaign Development and New Media studies. In addition to serving as the Founder and Director of People Who Care, Inc. --- an independent consultancy that works exclusively with nonprofits and grassroots initiatives such as AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Northwestern University, The Andy Warhol Foundation, Grindr for Equality, Raúl Anguiano Art Museum, Center for Disease Control and many more -- they are also deeply involved in queer, creative and philanthropic communities around the globe.
They are constantly moving and shaking in an attempt to build meaningful relationships and encourage resource sharing. Elijah co-produced and starred in Chicago's #PrEP4Love campaign; is the Co-Founder and Development Director of Reunion Chicago, a exhibition space and project incubator prioritized for queer, women-identified and people of color in creative roles; is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of OTV - Open Television, a web TV platform for queer, trans and artists of color; and is a curator in residence at Estudio Teorema, a culturally-charged activist gallery and production studio located in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Elijah’s artistic practice and advocacy work currently centers around the intersection between trauma, wellness, race, sexuality and gender. They’re work explores themes of space-making, liberation, and resilience as seen in their highly acclaimed web series, Two Queens in a Kitchen, a turn-to-relevance cooking show now in its third season exploring art, culture and politics; their work-in-progress performance piece, Today I Learned, a durational experiment exploring their personal relationship to abuse, death, depression and identity; their forthcoming series developed in partnership with University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and Duke University, Good Enough, a limited digital series exploring coming out, chosen family, depression, HIV-prevention and sexual health; and Catch Desire, a 3 song visual album exploring sexual liberation, intimacy, pleasure and PrEP developed in collaboration with Chicago Department of Public Health, AIDS Foundation of Chicago and PrEP4Love.
Elijah’s professional, artistic, and advocacy work has been covered by the Chicago Tribune, Out Magazine, CBS, VICE, Pride, Chill, Red Eye, Into and many more publications. They have performed in spaces such the Museum for Contemporary Art, Salonathon, Soho House and more. In 2016 Elijah was named “Top 30 Under 30 LGBT People" in Chicago, Illinois by the Windy City Times and was invited to the first annual African-American LGBTQ Education Summit at The White House.
moments of wonder w/ elijah mckinnon + people who care (august 2019)
Photo: Stephanie Jensen