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.

Inaugural Open Studio Event Inaugural Open Studio Event

OCTOBER 21, 2017 // 2:00-6:00 PM Celebrating our 75 creative tenants representing over 20 art disciplines.

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From the Blog

15 Oct 2017

PRESS RELEASE | Mainframe Studios slated to become the largest nonprofit art studio building in the nation

Posted in MAINFRAME News

MAINFRAME STUDIOS // Press Release The project is making sure artists won’t be priced out of Des Moines, Iowa Des Moines, IA (October 16, 2017)​ – Mainframe Studios (mainframestudios.org) has scheduled its inaugural open studio event for Saturday, October 21, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Years in the making, phase one renovations feature 65 non-residential […]

6 Oct 2017

BUSINESS RECORD | Creative Culture

Posted in MAINFRAME News

Mainframe Studios sculpts out specific atmospheres for working artists BY SUZANNE BEHNKE, Editor Friday, October 6, 2017 6:00 AM There’s no single way to establish a specific culture in the workplace — there are dozens. That’s what the Business Record discovered when checking with Central Iowa employers and organizations on how they create specific atmospheres […]

2 Oct 2017

Inaugural Open Studio Event

Posted in Events, MAINFRAME News

MAINFRAME STUDIOS IS PLEASED TO PRESENT ITS FIRST OPEN STUDIO EVENT OCTOBER 21, 2017 // 2:00-6:00 PM // 900 Keosauqua Way Join the festivities as our phase one artists and organizations welcome the public into their creative workspaces. Years in the making, our nonprofit is celebrating this momentous occasion with its 80 tenants representing over […]

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

First Open Studio by Jay Vigon

OCTOBER 21, 2017 // 2:00-6:00 PM // 900 Keosauqua Way

Years in the making, join us in celebrating this momentous occasion with our 75 creative tenants representing over 20 art disciplines. Come witness the transformation of the former CenturyLink facility, discover the artistry of our burgeoning creative community, experience the vision our new nonprofit model and buy art!Follow @mainframearts: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

A special thank you to Jay Vigon (Studio #467) for designing our inaugural open studio event cover art.