Palm Springs’ Modernism Week kicked into full gear Friday with the opening of CAMP — Community and Meeting Place — to serve as a downtown hub for festival-goers.

Modernism Week, an 11-day annual celebration of mid-century design and architecture, officially began Thursday, but the opening of CAMP adds a central space for attendees to meet, event spokesman Bob Bogard said. The space includes charging stations, an information desk, box office, cafe, merchandise store and interactive booths. It will also act as a concourse for the Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, Bogard said.

CAMP is located across from the Palm Springs Art Museum at 230 Museum Way and is free to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Modernism Week will feature nearly 350 events around Palm Springs. The most highly anticipated events are Sunday’s Red Carpet Gala at the Christopher Kennedy Compound, where the Modernism Week Show House will be officially unveiled, as well as a night at the Sinatra Estate on Feb. 23.

Outside of the touchstone events, tours, films, lectures and exhibitions will be available through Feb. 24. Some events are already sold out, but tickets to a variety of design celebrations are still available.

Appreciation of mid-century design is not the only goal of Modernism Week. It also raises money to provide scholarships to local students pursuing higher education in the fields of architecture and design. The organization also supports state and local groups in their pursuit to preserve modernist architecture throughout California.

Tickets and a full schedule of events can be found at

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