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May 24 – September 4, 2023
Included in general admission

Fortopia, a playful outdoor exhibition comprised of awe-inspiring forts, invites explorers of all ages to discover Powell Gardens. This vibrant addition to summer in Kansas City encourages outdoor discovery and taps into the nostalgia of childhood fort building.  

After opening a public request for proposals in 2022, a jury comprised of educators, architects, horticulturalists, and fabricators selected eight fort designs for inclusion in the exhibition. Designed to inspire an appreciation of the natural landscape, Powell Gardens is excited for visitors to experience its beauty through the variety of creative perspectives represented in the chosen forts. 

2023 Fortopia Submissions

Submission Process: To submit a fort proposal, all required information, materials, references and designs must be submitted to exhibitions@powellgardens.org by Monday, November 28, 2022. The design criteria and requirements of submitting a proposal are available in the attached 2023 Fortopia Request for Proposal.

Fortopia 2023 RFP


Information Sessions: Those considering submitting a proposal are encouraged to attend one of two information session hosted by knowledgeable Powell Gardens staff.

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