This local creative class "news" is gaining traction via social media and seems to be popping up on a few artsy sites.
However . . .
Whilst we support freedom of expression for adults . . . We offer this caveat . . .
GETTING KICKED OUT OF KCAI MIGHT BE A BLESSING IN DISGUISE!!!
The artsy institution is overpriced and was once noted as the WORST COLLEGE VALUE IN THE NATION given that artists (or more accurately . . . The parents of artists) won't likely see much return on their investment from a creative career.
Here's the word . . .
"Incoming student Ash Mikkelsen (they/them) is fighting to defend artistic expression and their academic future after retweeting sexually explicit Japanese-style cartoons featuring nudity and sex, known as hentai, on their personal, pseudonymous Twitter account. The art institute investigated Mikkelsen, alleging that the images could constitute sexual harassment and contribute to a hostile learning environment. Though Mikkelsen did not tag anyone from the university community in their posts or send messages to anyone relating to the account, KCAI expelled Mikkelsen for their artistic expression — and permanently banned them from ever re-enrolling at the school. "
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
The posts include drawings of characters engaged in sexual acts Expelled student: Shocking overreach 'leaves me worried for the future of other artists like me' College makes up rules to expel student over artistic expression, alleges sexual harassment and a hostile learning environment FIRE: 'Art history is full of censors, but today KCAI is the one holding the fig leaf' KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 6, 2022 - Somebody buy a bra for the Venus de Milo, because the puritanical Kansas City Art Institute is on a tear.