Jennifer McDonnell

    This is Jennifer with her constant companion and (totally adorable) furry protector, Daisy. This warm & friendly creative is the co-founder of the new “Orange Art Box” monthly art subscription service for children 5-12 years old. Previously, Jennifer spent many years in the corporate world as a photo stylist and merchandiser for large retail chains all over the Chicagoland area. Finding few opportunities for growth in the corporate arena, Jennifer finally decided to take the plunge into the entrepreneurial world using her creative skills and passion for inspiring children to create and “play”.

    Jennifer McDonnell  Jennifer McDonnell

    After brainstorming ways of inspiring children’s creativity and the enthusiasm for all things art with her cousin & co-founder (named Jen- yes, I’m serious), the brilliant idea of having art supplies with a monthly theme delivered to children was born. The color orange on this fun & festive box is symbolic for joy, warmth, enthusiasm & creativity, so that became the color AND name for this festive monthly package. The launch party was just in October of 2018, and the first month’s subscriptions began in November.

    As I listened to the story of how this idea came into being, Jennifer simply exuded excitement for the project. It was wonderful to see since it had to be a hard decision to leave the “safe” corporate environment and strike out on her own using her artistic passion as her guide. Knowing that this professional creative is behind the business is guaranteed to be a success not only for Jennifer, but also all of the children that enjoy these art boxes. Jennifer is definitely someone you should know.