Laila Voss is an artist and educator who has devoted a career to the cultural
vitality of the Northeastern Ohio region. She serves on non-profit boards, has
engaged in community art projects, taught both children and adults, managed
art departments, and converted an Ohio City school building into artists'
studio-living lofts. Laila’s artwork has been featured in important cultural
institutions and is held in major collections including the Cleveland Museum of
Art, the Willam Busta Gallery, the Progressive Collection, and the University of
Volgograd (Russia). Laila has worked with various neighborhood groups and
Community Development Corporations to create parks and gardens. She has
curated numerous exhibitions including a series of outdoor sculpture exhibits.
She has received numerous awards: the City of Cleveland Volunteer of the
Year Award; the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award; the
opportunity to represent Ohio at the FCCA Prague in the Czech Republic.
Laila maintains a vigorous studio practice in the Collingwood Arts District.
Recent exhibitions include the 2022 CAN Triennial: You Are Here/An
Excavation of Sorts and the Yards Duo Show. She received her BFA from
Ohio University and her MFA from Kent State University.
Rebecca Kempton provides administrative support to Art House Inc. Rebecca is a Cleveland native who loves her city and is a strong believer in resident-led civic engagement. She is a highly energetic individual who cares deeply for her neighborhood and serves her community wholeheartedly. She is a 2012 graduate of the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program. NLDP is a program of the Mandel Foundation. She chairs the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton and Brooklyn Centre Community Development Housing Committee which derives its mission and strategy from the residents who volunteer to serve on the committee. She also chairs the Fulton West Block Club. This block club has one of Cleveland’s most successful City Repair projects. This project led to the eventual passing of new legislation that insures residents will have the opportunity to create murals painted on streets and alleys.