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 Progressive Collection, University of Volgograd (Russia), the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Willam Busta Gallery. She has worked with various neighborhood groups and Community Development Corporations to create parks and gardens. Recently, Laila curated a series of outdoor sculpture exhibits. Ms. Voss 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 Tremont neighborhood. 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.