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.

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Founder Justin Mandelbaum’s project history and demand study

From the Blog

31 Aug 2017

Mainframe Studios Opens: Welcoming 65 artists, 4 arts-related nonprofits and The Tangerine Food Company

Posted in MAINFRAME News

Media Advisory for September 6, 2017 What: Mainframe Studios Media Day and Ribbon Cutting Who: Founder & President Justin Mandelbaum, Director Siobhan Spain, The Tangerine Food Company, Simonson & Associates Architects, Trilix Marketing Group, Community Support Advocates, Des Moines Music Coalition, KFMG-FM Radio, Salsa Des Moines and tenant artists are available for interviews and comments. […]

3 Jul 2017

UPDATE | Occupancy

Posted in Artists, MAINFRAME News

We are pleased to report that a temporary occupancy for fourth floor has been achieved. There are a handful of Phase 1 artists moving into their spaces now and the rest will join them on August 1st. Construction is still proceeding on the first floor and lower level through the month of July. Visitors can […]

10 Apr 2017

PRESS RELEASE | New Momentum Art Studio Needs Your Votes

Posted in MAINFRAME News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New Momentum Art Studio for individuals with disabilities asks for your vote April 12 – May 12 Community Support Advocates’ USA TODAY Network “A Community Thrives” video submission requires votes to win grant support for a new art studio planned in Mainframe Studios Vote here: Des Moines, Iowa (April 10, 2017) – Community […]


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
  • Zach Mannheimer, Des Moines Social Club Founder

    Des Moines Social Club and Mainframe Studios – two unique visions that are unmatched elsewhere in the country – can together firmly establish Des Moines as a leading city for local arts. Having a strong local arts scene is key to Des Moines attracting the young talent that will continue to move this city forward.

    - Zach Mannheimer, Des Moines Social Club Founder


It is time to create your future and be part of Des Moines’s burgeoning art scene. Mainframe Studios is offering exceptional affordability and welcomes artists of all disciplines. Mainframe Studios is accepting submissions on an ongoing basis for Phase 2, Phase 3 and openings that may occur in the meantime. View our floor plans here.