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

17 Jan 2018

DSM Magazine | An Iowa Treasure Comes Home

Posted in Artists, MAINFRAME News

“The Baker’s Boy” is just one of many characters drawn by Iowa legend Ding Darling in his world travels a century ago. A treasury of Darling’s personal sketchbooks and other artifacts form the foundation for a new center that commemorates the Pulitzer-winning Des Moines Register cartoonist and conservationist. A new center preserves the legacy of […]

9 Jan 2018

DSM Magazine | A New Stage of Life

Above: “Don’t let anyone else determine your dreams,” says Robert John Ford, who is fulfilling a dream of producing long-run theatrical productions in Des Moines. January 9, 2018 Writer: Brianne Sanchez Photographer: Duane Tinkey The roving playwright finally has a stage to call home. When the curtain rises Jan. 11 in the new theater space […]

7 Jan 2018

EVENT | Open Studio with YogaIowa Jan 20

Posted in Events, MAINFRAME News

ART + HEALTH FOR 2018 Get your New Year’s goals started off right! Mainframe’s first Open Studio Event of the year joins forces with YogaIowa. Come explore art, music, food and more as YogaIowa celebrates their Winter 2018 Launch Party with Ben Good Vibes and Thai Yoga demos with Bridget Ryan from 12-2PM. Explore 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

Jan 20 2018 Open Studio Event

January 20 // 12:00-4:00 PM // 900 Keosauqua Way

Mainframe’s first Open Studio Event of the year joins forces with YogaIowa. Come explore art, music, food and more as YogaIowa celebrates their Winter 2018 Launch Party with Ben Good Vibes and Thai Yoga demos with Bridget Ryan from 12-2PM. Explore over 60 art studios. Listen to City Sounds piano music. Experience Salsa Des Moines’ new dance studio. Visit the theater set of UTOPIA. Take a peek at KFMG-FM’s new location… and more!