FC Tulsa has unveiled its "Mural Kit", designed in collaboration with the Mural Project at Monroe Demonstration Academy in North Tulsa. | Photo courtesy FC Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. – Art and sport have joined together again in Tulsa.
FC Tulsa on Friday officially launched a third jersey, named the Mural Kit, designed from the club’s Mural Project at Monroe Demonstration Academy in North Tulsa. FC Tulsa has spent the last six months working with Arts Alliance Tulsa, local artists and school administrators to bring to life four murals designed by students at Monroe that represent the school’s four core values for its students – Empowerment, Responsibility, Community and Excellence. The club has incorporated design elements the students used in each of these four murals into its Mural Kit to inspire those who wear it to spread these values.
In addition to honoring the students at Monroe through their unique design of the Mural Kit, FC Tulsa has placed its Greenwood Ave. patch on the front of the jersey, opposite of the club crest. FC Tulsa has been heavily invested in educating and amplifying the message of the past, present and future of Greenwood. The values represented on the Murals at Monroe of Empowerment, Responsibility, Community and Excellence are the same ones that made Greenwood the thriving community it was 100 years ago, and the same community it can be again.
“This entire project has been such a team effort, from the funding provided by the Zarrow Family Foundation to four local artists who made these murals come to life,” said FC Tulsa President James Cannon. “FC Tulsa absolutely embodies these four core values of Empowerment, Community, Excellence and Responsibility. To have the opportunity to showcase those values through art on our jerseys on Juneteenth is one of the coolest of my professional career.”
“It’s important to continue to lift Greenwood up, because we are still fighting for repair, respect, and restitution,” added Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, Founder of the Terence Crutcher Foundation. “Our ancestors built a thriving community, and it is important that we extend tradition and educate our children that they come from greatness. Our stories and our people won’t be forgotten.”
Not only will FC Tulsa continue donating the full proceeds of the sales from the Greenwood Ave. patch on the Mural Kit to help fund the Black Wall Street Memorial through the Terence Crutcher Foundation, but the club will also donate a portion of the proceeds from the jersey itself back to Monroe Demonstration Academy and its students who made this jersey possible. The club has set up a fund for Monroe through the Tulsa Community Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the U.S.
“It continues to be an honor to serve as a partner with Monroe Demonstration Academy, FC Tulsa, Zarrow Family Foundations and the entire collaborative team of artists, youth, community and staff to create and watch this mural project come to life,” said Todd Cunningham, Executive Director of Arts Alliance Tulsa. “When we work together, we can accomplish so much, and this endeavor has illustrated that time and again. Arts Alliance Tulsa is grateful for the opportunity to participate and to all of those involved who have made it possible.”
“We are thankful for our collective partnership with the Henry and Anne Zarrow Foundation, Arts Alliance Tulsa, and FC Tulsa, as well as with our amazing students, families, and community members,” added Robert Kaiser, Principal at Monroe Demonstration Academy. “Our students and families led this project alongside such talented artists and truly brought life, color, inclusion, acceptance, excellence, and community to the walls of Monroe. As the principal of Monroe, I am so thankful to have had a backseat in watching these ideas, thoughts, and imagery come to life. I want to say thank you to FC Tulsa for providing a platform to nationally showcase our murals on their jerseys. Our Monroe scholars, families, and community deserve to be recognized on a national stage and I am so proud of all of them.”
While the jersey was announced to the public on Friday morning, FC Tulsa unveiled the Mural Kit on Thursday night at Tulsa Public Schools' Employee Appreciation Night at The Gathering Place. With the inspiration of the jersey coming from a local school, FC Tulsa wanted the Tulsa Public Schools teachers, administrators and staff to be the first ones to see and purchase the Mural Kit.