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Art House, Inc. & Laila Voss

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Organization Bio

Art House, Inc. is a grassroots, nonprofit arts center located in historic Brooklyn Centre, between the Ohio City and Old Brooklyn neighborhoods of Cleveland, Ohio.  Local artists and residents, dedicated to the belief that the arts enrich lives and create better communities, founded the organization in 1999.  Our 3,000 square foot studio facility is housed in a 1948 domed, Quonset building.  Our mission is to make art accessible to people of all ages and skill levels in Brooklyn Centre and the Greater Cleveland community by providing quality instruction, encouragement, and facilities.  By fulfilling this mission, Art House stabilizes our neighborhood and creates opportunities for artists to thrive.  By extension, the organization contributes significantly in the creation of Cleveland as a culturally rich and economically viable destination to live, work and raise a family.

Art House’s neighborhoods are diverse communities that includes Hispanic (28%), African American (25%), Asian (1%), Caucasian (54%), and other ethnicities (11%). From an economic standpoint approximately 32% of the families live below the poverty level.  There are also middle class professionals who are long-time residents devoted to the neighborhood.

Art House has been able to achieve great impact with incredibly limited resources. With a staff of four (1 FT, 3 PT) and a small, but dedicated board, we have continued to maximize the investment of each supporting organization by serving over 3000 children and adults annually.

Presenter Bio

Laila Voss is an artist and educator who has devoted a career to the cultural vitality of the Northeast Ohio region.  She has served on on non-profit boards, engaged in community art projects, managed art departments, and converted an Ohio City school building into artists studio-living lofts.

Laila has lectured and conducted workshops for children and adults and has designed courses to challenge students to work together towards ambitious goals.  She has also taught a wide range of courses and developed curriculum at many area colleges and univeristies. Laila has expanded programs, restructured studio facilities and as gallery director, reinvigorated exhibition schedules, along with critical and contemporary offerings.

Laila Voss’s art practice encompasses multiple media: audio-video installation, sculpture, drawing, ceramics and public art.  Her work has been featured in important cultural institutions and is held in major collections including the Progressive Collection, the University of Volgograd, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Akron Art Museum, SPACES, the William Busta Gallery and ARTneo Museum.

Awards that Laila has received inlcude the City of Cleveland Volunteer of the Year Award, the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence and the opportunity to represent Ohio at the FCCA Prague in the Czech Republic. She received her BFA from Ohio University and her MFA from Kent State University. Her commitment to education and long term investment in Cleveland as a vital cultural destination led her to accept the Executive Director position at Art House in February, 2016.


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