New York-born and Savannah-bred, Lana “DiCo” DiCostanzo’s involvement in the Savannah art scene dates back to when she was still in high school, attending Savannah Arts Academy as a dancer and participating in productions organized by the cultural arts community.

After graduating from high school, DiCo returned to New York where she pursued a BFA in Creative Writing from Pratt Institute. In between each of her fall and spring semesters from 2010-2013, DiCo assisted her mother, a Fashion Institute of Technology graduate who owns a custom design and alteration studio in Savannah, by creating handmade garments and curating numerous fashion shows under the name “No Explanation.” Once she obtained her degree, she moved to Jacksonville, FL, where she earned the nickname “DiCo” while teaching 9th grade English at William M. Raines High School.

Although she would later leave Jacksonville, the nickname stuck, and she returned home to Savannah in 2017. Since then, DiCo has actively mentored youth through Building Bridges Academy High and the Youth Advocate Program, while also being an advocate for healthy eating, physical wellness, and community engagement. More recently, DiCo has been integral to local success in creating affordable yoga classes and a community running club.

dico@deepcenter.org