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Powell Gardens Launches Inaugural Spring Festival in Partnership with Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

April 12, 2021— Powell Gardens announces Bloom Fest: Play Outside, a new spring festival focused on art, design and plants, presented in partnership with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Celebrated designer John Rufenacht debuts an immersive conservatory display inspired by Birthday Bouquet, a painting by Florine Stettheimer. Along with this attraction, six regional artists create large outdoor displays inspired by additional pieces from the museum’s collection. Bloom Fest begins April 15 and runs Thursday-Sunday, ending on May 9.

“After a long winter and an even longer year, Powell Gardens invites our community outside to experience the hope and rebirth that comes with spring,” said Tabitha Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer for Powell Gardens. “We are thankful to have support from the arts community and look forward to exploring connections between art and nature. While Powell Gardens is not immune to the impact of COVID-19, we are looking forward with gratitude. We are glad to steward an expansive outdoor venue for high-level cultural experiences and are thrilled to partner with leading cultural organizations in 2021.”

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Media & Mentions

Kansas City Magazine – August 2020

Feast magazine – May 28, 2020

Kansas City Star – March 26, 2020

Daily Star Journal – October 2, 2019