Founder Bio

D’Lana O’Neal

D’Lana O’Neal - Local Motions Founder

Founder/ Executive Director

My heart is and always has been in the arts. It was my goal to develop an arts training facility that enriches the lives of its participants, their families, their friends, and their community. I believe I’ve done that in the creation of Local-Motions, Inc.

I believe that every man, woman, and child has some personal self-expression to share and it’s often found through the arts.

In the beginning we didn’t have too many fans, many thought that I was foolish. We started right after 911, knowing that most businesses close within 5 years. But we didn’t listen to those voices, we listened to the voices of the youth, asking them what they wanted in a program. And to this day, we provide those supports and resources.  This is a partnership between parents, youth and Local Motions.

From the beginning parents have been involved, volunteering, back stage, fundraising, and on the board of Directors. Everyone that eats in the village should help in sustaining the village. There are no spectators. No matter how big or small your contribution, it’s vitally important.

Many have seen them perform on stage, but few have seen how they make their personal contribution. Whether a Senior Residence facility, Children’s Hospital or at Community Based Organization, each youth share in the driving force of giving back through arts education. This magazine is a platform to recognize the village builders, youth builders who aide in building a stronger foundation for tomorrow.

If you would like more information about the program and scholarship opportunities please give us a call at 773.622.3267 or email us at