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.
Emily Splain is a lover of the arts and arts in education. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a B.A. in Art History & Graphic Design as well as a M.A in History & Museum Studies. Her focus throughout her studies has been education and arts administration. Interning at notable non-profits such as Cleveland Museum of Art and ICA has given her great opportunities within the arts sector. As the Programming Coordinator, Emily is responsible for all Art House program design and implementation, including Urban Bright Arts-In-Education, Family Open Studio, Family Clay Day, after school programming, Community Culture Night, and more.
Tess Snyder recently joined the Art House team after 10 years of teaching music and drama in Southern Ohio, where she was also the President of the local community theatre company. In addition to being a musician, actress, and stage director, Tess has been creating art for as long as she can remember. Her mother often said that Tess didn't need toys -- just paper, scissors, glue, and paints to keep her happy as a child. Today Tess creates Sterling silver and gemstone wire-wrapped jewelry and mixed media, 3-D art. Prior to moving to Ohio, Tess lived in New York City for over 20 years, where she was an opera singer and actress, specializing in new works by living composers, and worked as a senior level marketing director for a division of Citigroup, and volunteered for non-profit organizations as a marketing consultant. Tess is a graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, and completed her teacher certification at Ohio University. She currently lives in Vermilion, Ohio with her teenage daughter and their cat, Luna.
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.