Building a Creative Community

Transforming Central Iowa’s art scene by creating a financially self-sustaining economic and cultural driver, serving as a national model that stands the test of time. Once fully complete, Mainframe Studios will be one of the largest affordable workspaces for artists in the country.

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Founder Justin Mandelbaum’s project history and demand study

From the Blog

4 Apr 2018

First Friday with The Red Door Press

Posted in Events

The Red Door Press is hosting our First Friday. We urge you to come see their remarkable and colorful “Why Letterpress” exhibition in Studio #101 featuring over 20 letterpress studios from across the nation. The Red Door Press also pays tribute to Vincent Van Gogh’s birthday with special installation in our atrium area. But wait, that’s […]

31 Mar 2018

Hosting guests from near and far

Posted in MAINFRAME News

This week, we had the pleasure of hosting guests from across the nation. On Tuesday, artists Ashley Hanson and Corbin LaMont along with students from Iowa State University visited Mainframe for a tour and interview. Public Transformations is Ashley’s cross-county documentary art project highlighting how rural-based artists and arts organizations make their communities a more […]

30 Mar 2018

KFMG 98.9 FM is Live!

Posted in MAINFRAME News

After years of anticipation, the nonprofit arts and culture radio group KFMG 98.9 FM is now broadcasting from Studio #111 at Mainframe Studios. Thanks to Silent Rivers Design + Build and KFMG’s many volunteers for helping make their move possible.

Testimonials

Comments from our supporters.

  • Jay Byers, Greater Des Moines Partnership

    It is projects like Mainframe Studios that will enable Des Moines to remain at the top of the national rankings.

    - Jay Byers, Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Sally Dix, Bravo Greater Des Moines

    As Central Iowa stakes it claim as a vibrant home for arts and culture, Mainframe Studios is a critical asset in the region’s ability to support the creative community as an essential part of the region’s cultural identity.

    - Sally Dix, Bravo Greater Des Moines

THE ART OF VINYL AT MAINFRAME

May 4 // 5:00-8:00 PM // 900 Keosauqua Way

Come celebrate the acclaimed work of Margo Nahas and Jay Vigon. The wife and husband team have created artwork for over 80 album covers. Some include Van Halen “1984”, Prince “Purple Rain”, Fleetwood Mac “Tusk”, Stevie Wonder “The Secret Life of Plants”, and Quiet Riot “Metal Health” (Watch our video). More details on our Facebook event page:

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