LADAMA is comprised of five alumni of OneBeat 2014 & 2013: Lara Klaus (Recife, Brazil), Daniela Serna (Bogota, Colombia), Maria Gonzalez (Barquisimento, Venezuela), Sara Lucas (Brooklyn, USA), and Aurora Nealand (New Orleans, USA).
The project’s goal is to encourage women and girls to engage in the art and business of making music by focusing on personal projects in music, and ultimately to empower and reclaim creative ownership for women and adolescent girls. The team’s hope is that participants in the LaDaMa project will be inspired to seek positions as creative leaders and educators, encourage other girls and women to chart a course in life that challenges traditional gender roles, and express their humanity and social entrepreneurship in community building through music.
LADAMA has performed and lead creative workshops in Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela. In spring 2016, the collective will convene in New York for a residency at National Sawdust, sharing their music with diverse audiences and creating original works with workshop participants. The project recently received grant support from the Alumni Exchange Innovation Fund, becoming the first arts-based project to be selected by this granting organization.