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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Look how far we’ve come! With your help we will continue to exceed expectations.

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Our mission, our people and your future.

Backstory Backstory

Founder Justin Mandelbaum’s project history and demand study

From the Blog

18 Feb 2019

Introducing Third Thursday Happy Hour

Posted in MAINFRAME News

Thursday, Feb 21 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. // Mainframe Studios + The Tangerine Food Company are excited to introduce Third Thursday Happy Hour. Come join us for a drink and nosh while enjoying a special comedy set by Sid Juwarker!!! Menu // Featured Craft Cocktail: The Ancient Mariner! Mini Charcuterie Boards Full Bar RSVP on Facebook

18 Feb 2019

First Friday / Bring it Home

Posted in Events, MAINFRAME News

Join us Friday, March 1st from 5:00-8:00 p.m. for an art and interiors showcase! This special First Friday home show brings together interior designers, home goods retailers, furniture makers and artists for an exciting evening focused on living with art. Visit installations throughout the building that feature home interior environments that incorporate work by Mainframe […]

12 Feb 2019

Alex Brown | 1966 – 2019

Posted in Artists, MAINFRAME News

It is with a heavy heart we share news that Mainframe Studios board member, artist and friend passed away suddenly on January 30, 2019. Alex Brown made art like no other, rocked like no other, and was simply like no other in every way. Words cannot capture the extent of our community’s loss. We are […]

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

March 1 // 5-8 p.m. // 900 Keosauqua Way

ART + INTERIORS // This special First Friday home show brings together interior designers, home goods retailers, furniture makers and artists for an exciting evening focused on living with art. Visit installations throughout the building that feature home interior environments that incorporate work by Mainframe artists. Get ideas and make connections to reinvent your home office, living room, dining spaces and more.

FEATURED GUESTS // Tesoro Casegoods + Oddities // Black Dove Home // Becky Leu /// Repinned // Art Terrarium // + More

RSVP // Facebook