Clara Wu Tsai Rumors
The Nets and Barclays Center announced Friday that the Joe and Clara Wu Tsai foundation if funding the inclusion of a Jean-Michel Basquiat curriculum in New York’s public schools. The program, underway in Brooklyn since April will now expand throughout the five boroughs. In addition, the team and arena will host an art show featuring 150 Basquiat-inspired pieces already created by middle and high school students in Brooklyn.
The married couple will lead a “five-point plan,” which will include continued support for its players pushing for social and economic equality and address wage gaps in communities of color, starting in Brooklyn. The plan will also address diversity within the Nets organization and the National Basketball Association league office. “After George Floyd’s death, we felt like we needed to take a firm stand on racial injustice,” Wu Tsai said in an interview with CNBC Monday. “I wanted to state our beliefs on this issue — that racism is pervasive and needs to be addressed, and I wanted to lay out core principles that clarified our purpose as an organization.”
“These are really hard problems to solve, and you really shouldn’t throw around money without knowing how you’re going to spend it,” Wu Tsai said. “I don’t like to waste money,” she added. “I’ll be at the front and center of this. I’m not going to outsource it. We’re going to be looking for the best person to run this for us, but I’m going to be out there because I care so much about these issues and about having an impact.”