InVolvement: 2017-18 President
Jennifer Peterson has over 17 years in education and 22 years experience in design.
Mrs. Peterson is currently an instructor at the Art Institute of Tampa as well as owner of JP Creations design firm. Currently, she sits on the Board as President Elect and Education Chair.
Jennifer is most proud of her Design Honors class that she co-teaches with Tod Herron at the Art Institute. In May 2013, select students, staff, and faculty of The Art Institute of Tampa met with Florida State Representative Kathleen Peters on campus. Representative Peters led a discussion on the state of homelessness in the country, state, and our community. It became apparent there is an obvious disconnect between the average citizen’s vision of the homeless and the real causes and effects of homelessness.
From this meeting the students, aided by faculty and staff, challenged themselves to develop a student led campaign aimed at addressing this disconnect through the establishment of an ongoing homelessness awareness program which will employ the skills and creativity they are developing at The Art Institute of Tampa.
The students were welcomed into the homelessness services community, meeting with a broad range of government, business, and community leaders working on addressing the impact of homelessness on the citizens of Pinellas County, Florida. They toured a wide range of service organizations from Safe Harbor to HEP and talked to a cross section of the county’s homeless population and the people who work diligently to help them in the restoration of their lives. Many organizations in Pinellas County and beyond have continued to reach out to the students, which will allow for ongoing community input in developing future strategies and campaigns in support of the organization’s vision and objectives.
In 2014, the students campaign won 6 Local ADDYs along “Student Best of Show-Print Award” and 2 District ADDYs.
The students just celebrated another landmark by presenting a campaign developed for school age children to all of the school districts in the state of Florida. As well, they worked with a local company, Seventh Avenue Apothecary to develop a limited edition “Comforts of Home” candle to assist in educating the public. Proceeds from the candles will go to local shelters.
When Jennifer is not working at the Art Institute or on her own projects, she can be found working with Turner Motorsport race team. She enjoys racing, photography and traveling abroad.
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