The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster appreciation of mid-century architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in Palm Springs.
Modernism Week is a California 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, art, fashion, and culture. This exciting “festival” takes place in February in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. It features more than 100 events including the Modernism Show, home tours, films, lectures, double decker bus tours, parties, walking and bike tours, a pre-fab showcase, vintage fashion, live music events, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more.
In addition to the events in February, Modernism Week hosts the “Fall Season Kick-Off” over Columbus Day weekend in mid-October. Partner organizations collaborate to produce a “mini-Modernism Week” to commence the active social and recreational season in Palm Springs.
Modernism Week is also a charitable organization, providing scholarships to local students pursuing college educations in the fields of architecture and design, as well as supporting local and state preservation organizations in their efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California.
In 2006, following the success of both the Palm Springs Modernism Show and the annual symposium organized by the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Council, a group of local design and architecture aficionados created Modernism Week’s signature event in February to showcase the world-renowned mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs.
Among the members of the initial steering committee were representatives from the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, the Palm Springs Modern Committee, the Palm Springs Historical Society, and the Architecture and Design Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum.
In 2009 Modernism Week became a California 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Since then, the organization has established an annual Scholarship Program for local high school seniors pursuing college educations in the fields of architecture and design, and continues to provide financial support to local and state preservation organizations in their efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California.
The Board of Directors, staff and volunteers remain devoted to preserving the integrity of its mission and the high quality of Modernism Week programs, while keeping sights set on future growth and expansion of the organization.
OUR FOUNDING PARTNERS
Palm Springs Art Museum
The Palm Springs Art Museum has two locations in the Coachella Valley: The flagship building is located in downtown Palm Springs and features compelling art exhibitions and a vast permanent collection, all on view in 150,000 square feet, architecturally significant building. The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is an 8,400 square foot, Silver LEED-certified building named The Galen that presents changing exhibitions and collections. It is surrounded by the four-acre Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden that features more than 10 significant sculpture works.
Palm Springs Historical Society
The Palm Springs Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1955 by Melba Berry Bennett. Their mission is to record, preserve and display historical artifacts of the Palm Springs area. The PS Historical Society is located on The Village Green Heritage Center on Palm Canyon Drive, and is comprised of two 19th century pioneer homes, The McCallum Adobe and Miss Cornelia White’s “Little House”.
Palm Springs Modern Committee
The Palm Springs Modern Committee is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting and maintaining the heritage of modern architecture and design in Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley. Their goal is to be a meeting place for Palm Springs Modernists, both residents and nonresidents, with the ability to quickly mobilize support for urgent preservation issues.
Palm Springs Modernism Show
The Palm Springs Convention Center will host 85 noted national and international decorative and fine arts dealers presenting all design movements of the 20th Century. The event is scheduled for February 13-16, 2015. A wide range of vintage 20th Century furniture and decorative arts will be presented and sold by exhibitors, many from the West Coast; but some who come from as far away as New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Dallas, Denver, and Miami.
Palm Springs Preservation Foundation
The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area.
Board of Directors:
Chris Mobley, Chariman
Mark Davis, Treasurer
Gary Johns, Secretary
William Kopelk, Board Member
Regina Basterrechea, Board Member
Laurie Weitz, Board Member
Maureen Erbe, Board Member