The Collective Gap is a project website for exhibitions, writing, and research associated with Lynnette Miranda’s 18-month Curatorial Residency at Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO. The site primarily functions as a digital exhibition catalog for each show, publishing new commissioned writings and interviews by emerging and established arts writers from around the country. It also features Miranda’s research and writings on the exhibition space as pedagogical tool and platform.

How do we create pluralistic art spaces that challenge oppressive structures? Miranda’s curatorial practice centers on tackling this challenge through intersectional and experimental approaches that support rigorous contemporary art as well as experimental education. She envisions the exhibition space as a gap between ourselves and the world, where collectively we can unlearn and build knowledge together.




Charlotte Street’s Curatorial Residency Program launched in 2012 with the mission to engage outstanding, emerging curators from around the country with the Kansas City region and its artists. Providing support and a public platform for an annually selected curator to develop and present original, community-responsive contemporary arts programming, the program nurtures the work and careers of up-and-coming curators, while bringing fresh curatorial approaches and critical perspectives to the Kansas City region. Teaching partnerships with the Department of Art at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the Kansas City Art Institute further connect the curator-in-residence with area students.

A team of Kansas City-based artists, educators, and Charlotte Street representatives selected Miranda following a national call for applications; rigorous interviews with six semi-finalists; and two-day site visits in Kansas City with two finalist candidates.


Lynnette Miranda is a latinx artist, curator, and writer from Miami, FL. She approaches her practice from the perspective of an artist—questioning and challenging established conventions—and an educator—opening up avenues for dialogue and collective knowledge building. Her ongoing research focuses on the social and political role of contemporary art, critically examining social practice, contemporary craft, performance, and new media work. In 2015, she coordinated three art conferences, including The Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum at the Venice Biennale and at Brooklyn’s Boys and Girls High School, as well as ART21’s Creative Chemistries: Radical Practices for Art + Education at the Park Avenue Armory. . In Spring 2016, she was one of twelve participants in Independent Curators International’s Curatorial Intensive program in New Orleans. She is currently the 2016-2017 Curator in Residence at Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO.




Roya Rafiq
Curatorial Assistant (Fall 2016)


Amy Hixson
Curatorial Assistant (Winter/Spring 2017)

Amy Hixson is a latinx artist originally from Miami, FL, currently a 2017 BFA candidate in Painting and Art History at the Kansas City Art Institute.


Camile Messerley
Curatorial Assistant (Winter/Spring 2017)

Camile Messerley is a Kansas City-based artist, organizer, writer and BFA candidate at the Kansas City Art Institute. Her practice focuses on the play that occurs when challenging aesthetic intuition through the social engagement of performance and new media.