Marshall’s Center for Wellness in the Arts

The Marshall University Center for Wellness in the Arts is a place where performing artists can be evaluated by licensed athletic trainers, skilled vocal and hearing clinicians, dietitians, exercise physiologists and performance anxiety specialists who have the proper knowledge and equipment to assess various conditions.  The CWA was created with three components: education, treatment and research. Many performing arts students have developed a mentality that a certain amount of pain is a part of the performer’s process. We want to change the culture and educate students so they look at pain as a problem and treat it accordingly so they can enjoy a successful career in the performing arts.

Free Resources

Click the button below to download the free Wrist Injury Prevention resource provided by the CWA.
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COVID 19 Announcement

The Center for Wellness in the Performing Arts is dedicated to promoting the health and wellbeing of the Marshall University performing arts community. The COVID 19 pandemic presents challenges that are unique to the health of the performing artist. In preparation for the fall 2020 return to campus, the CWA team is actively engaging with the Marshall University administration, faculty and health authorities in order to develop a plan to prevent the spread of COVID 19 and minimize the effects of the disease on the Marshall University performing arts community, and the Marshall community as a whole. The CWA team will develop recommendations for maximizing the safety of the performing artist in the classroom, rehearsal halls, and during performances. If you have comments or concerns please contact the CWA team at CWA@marshall.edu. More COVID-19 resources tailored to the needs of performing artists are available here.

Wellness Clinics and Events

Athletic training services are available in three locations: Gullickson Hall room 209, Performing Arts Center, and Smith Music Hall.  Fall clinic hours to be available soon.  For more information about services, contact Dr. Timmons at timmonsm@marshall.edu.

Voice consultations are available in three locations: Performing Arts Center, Smith Music Hall, and Smith Hall 311. Fall clinic hours to be available soon.  For more information about services, contact Sarah Clemins at nuckels@marshall.edu

All other services such as nutrition education, performance anxiety education, and hearing screenings are completed on an as-needed basis.  For information about additional services, please email cwa@marshall.edu.

To contact the Center for Wellness in the Arts, email CWA@marshall.edu

Wellness in the Arts Beginnings

Two of Marshall’s most dynamic colleges joined together to provide a unique opportunity for students in the performing arts. Since August 2014, the College of Health Professions and the College of Arts and Media have offered performing and visual arts students the chance to work with various disciplines to prevent injury from occurring during performances. This idea was initiated by two young faculty members and has developed into what is now being called the Marshall University Center for Wellness in the Arts (CWA).