For Immediate Release

Monday, December 16, 2013


Media Contact:

 Samantha Johnstone

 (480) 921-5703



Childsplay receives National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Grant to Support Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle


Grant One of 895 NEA Art Works Grants Funded Nationwide 


(Tempe, Ariz.) National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that Childsplay is one of 895 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Childsplay is recommended for a $20,000 grant to support its production of nationally acclaimed playwright José Cruz Gonzales’ Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle.


About Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle:  When a stray dog appears on the door step it’s love at first sight for six-year old Cory, and the last straw for Grandma Autumn. Life hasn’t been easy lately for either of these two, facing absent parents and lost homes.  But in a delightfully surprising story filled with humor and heart, Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle reminds us love makes almost anything possible, even in hard times.


NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, "The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable experiences for the public to engage with the arts."


Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Works applications, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 895 are recommended for grants for a total of $ 23.4 million.


“I am pleased that Childsplay has received this $20,000 NEA grant for the upcoming production of Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle,” said Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09). “I am certain this new José Cruz Gonzalez’ production will inspire and entertain audiences throughout the Valley. Childsplay is a true leader in the Arizona arts community and I am proud that they are based right in the heart of Congressional District 9.”


Performances of Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle will be held at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway March 22 – March 30, 2014, Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. Tickets start at $12 and are on sale Tuesday, December 17 at or at the Tempe Center for the Arts Box Office (490) 350-2822 (ext. 0).  The play is recommended for ages 5 and up.


“Childsplay is thrilled to be working with the NEA on this wonderful piece,” said Childsplay Artistic Director David Saar. “José Cruz Gonzalez has written a heartwarming story that is relevant to many young people and families today. We are excited to bring it to life on stage.”


For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at


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About Childsplay:  

Childsplay, Inc. is a nonprofit theatre company of professional, adult artists who perform for and teach young audiences and their families. The mission of Childsplay is "to create theatre so strikingly original in form, content or both, that it instills in young people an enduring awe, love and respect for the medium, thus preserving imagination and wonder, the hallmarks of childhood which are keys to the future." For more information, visit