Barge could bring the arts to Milwaukee waterways

A team from UWM’s School of Architecture & Urban Planning is floating an idea to bring art to local waterways, and visitors can get a look on dry land.

Led by Antonio Furgiuele, adjunct assistant professor of architecture, the Milwaukee Arts Barge project is a portable performance/exhibit space that would float on a barge in Lake Michigan and Milwaukee rivers. A box-shaped container riding on the barge would have folding sides for easy portability, Furguiele said. Sides could be folded down for plays, art exhibitions, musical performances and other presentations.

Arts organizations, social groups, water advocacy and government organizations are sponsoring the project. According to Furgiuele, the groups are seeking a barge to buy or rent, with the goal of setting sail next summer.

Preliminary ideas for the Milwaukee Arts Barge will be displayed through June 30 at the Mobile Design Box, 1551 N. Water St. The designs are part of a Mobility Matters Exhibit.

Dates and times to see the Arts Barge exhibit at The Mobile Design Box are May 14, 1-3 p.m.; May 21, 6-8 p.m.; May 25, 1-3 p.m.; June 11, 2-5 p.m. For more information, visit Mobility Matters Facebook page or Milwaukee Arts Barge. To arrange a tour, contact Furgiuele,