The 11-day celebration of midcentury architecture, design, and culture drew record crowds this year, attracting more than 40,000 visitors to the Coachella Valley. As the only such event in the country when it was launched in 2006, Palm Springs Modernism Week has helped fuel a robust national interest in the preservation and appreciation of modernism, and has grown quickly over the years, with estimated attendance reaching 35,000 last year.
Palm Springs Modernism Week supports local and state preservation organizations in their efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California. It also awards annual scholarships to high school students who have chosen career paths in architecture and design. The fact that Palm Springs Modernism Week continues to grow with each year is a fantastic indication for beneficiaries of these scholarships and for fans of modernism at-large.
Rather than resting on laurels, the organizers of Palm Springs Modernism Week are already back at it planning for 2014. Among the list of to dos for next year, an improved website and more informative content on this blog.
Please stay tuned for more news. To stay up to date with the latest developments and announcements, follow us on Facebook. And mark your calendars now for Palm Springs Modernism Week 2014, February 13 – 23, 2014.
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