Francisco Marziano has made it his mission to bring art and culture to Newport on the Levee. This August, Marziano’s
Locomotion on the Levee
will stand as a one-year-old testament to his determination.
Just about a year ago Marziano, owner of the gallery Art on the Levee
, along with the Newport on the Levee staff, decided it was time to utilize the space adjacent to Art on the Levee.
“We were trying to bring some kind of energy to this empty space,” says Marziano. “The space became empty just at the right moment to bring the locomotion idea to the table.”
This idea was to establish and nurture a fitness and dance environment at the Levee. Well, they have been going strong on that front with classes in salsa, yoga, break dancing, zumba, belly dancing and tango. (The tango instructor is currently out of the country.)
Even The Cincinnati Circus
utilizes the Locomotion space. “They do some classes here and a summer camp,” says Marziano.
Most of the activities at Locomotion on the Levee take place during the evening, though that will likely change.
“We are trying to find more activities for the day, like yoga for seniors. We are trying to bring more instructors as soon as possible,” Marziano says.
He also wants to expand the business of Art on the Levee. “We want to do more art openings, more events at the gallery,” he says.
In addition to regularly scheduled events, both Art on the Levee and Locomotion on the Levee double as flex venues. Want to throw a private party? Art on the Levee is open for that.
“You can enjoy the wine patio, you can enjoy the art, you can go to the movies later. You can have a place other than your home to do something different,” Marziano says.
The same is true of Locomotion on the Levee, which could host a concert or another creative offering. “Let’s say you’re a photographer, and you’re looking for a space to shoot some pictures for a Web page or a special project; you can do that here,” he says.
“You can rent the space and do it here [at Locomotion].”
By Perry Simpson