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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6 Mar 2019

SUNDOWN SESSIONS / 900Views Launch Party with Jordan Weber

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NEW HAPPY HOUR // Mainframe Studios + The Tangerine Food Company host an arts-focused happy hour every third Thursday of the month. Join us for a featured craft cocktail, great snacks and a brief program with special guests. We could not be more excited about our spring break edition of Sundown Sessions! 900VIEWS PODCAST LAUNCH PARTY with artist […]

6 Mar 2019


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FRIDAY APRIL 5, 2019 // 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. MAINFRAME STUDIOS // 900 KEO WAY // DOWNTOWN DES MOINESAlways free, family-friendly and open to the public. THIS JUST IN!! Limited edition “Made on Earth” T-Shirts are now available on our new pop-up shop: They are available for sale during our First Friday event too. […]

18 Feb 2019

Introducing Third Thursday Happy Hour

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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


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


April 5 // 5-8 p.m. // 900 Keosauqua Way

MADE ON EARTH // Get ready for a Los Angeles-centric open studio event featuring a cast of characters and fun products on display, created by acclaimed artists Jay Vigon and Margo Nahas.

Jay and Margo are resurrecting their popular “Made on Earth” Studio City store they owned in the 90s where every type of product was blazoned with unique characters the artists developed. Visitors will get a rare glimpse of personalities such as Clever Girl, Sleepy Kitty, It’s Good to be King, Pound Dog, Little Angel and Rat Dog on T-shirts, purses, Zippo lighters, patches, chairs and more.

RSVP // Facebook