UWM Costume Field Trips

Though these off campus field trip experiences, students realize new employment opportunities, begin to understand professional standards, understand how to develop useful relationships with professional colleagues and discover the range of resources available.  I make a point of contacting alumni to meet with current students so that the current students might more easily envision themselves in professional positions.

Participation in the New York and Chicago trips is voluntary.  They have been informally organized and externally funded.  I used personal frequent flier miles and miles donated by friends and relatives to assist with travel for the trips.  I arranged all air and ground travel, housing, schedule and admissions for each trip.

Because many students are on limited budgets, it took careful strategy to make it possible for everyone to participate.

I also organize local field trips exposing students to the wealth of resources available in Milwaukee.  We have visited the Milwaukee Art Museum, backstage to visits with wardrobe supervisors in town with touring productions at the PAC and Milwaukee Theatre, art department alumni Laura Goldstein at her silk screening studio Grotto Co. and costume shops at the Milwaukee Rep, Skylight Opera, Milwaukee Ballet and FirstStage Milwaukee, Ten Chimneys Estate, and Mount Mary College. Through these spontaneous field trips, I try to “open doors” for each new generation of students.