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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From the Blog

21 Jun 2019

First Friday / Distracted Abstract

Posted in MAINFRAME News

July 5, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IA // Free and family-friendly Artists explore freedom of expression through use of space, form, color and textures. Abstract art invites viewers to disrupt their assumptions, let go of “getting it,” and enjoy the emotional experience the work invokes. Our artists offer […]

21 May 2019

FIRST FRIDAY / Artistic Keys

Posted in MAINFRAME News

Friday, June 7th 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. // Join us for City Sounds public piano unveiling and Momentum Art’s “Hope” exhibit featuring artists with disabilities! Get Ready! We have a fun-filled community night in store. City Sounds unveils their public pianos and Community Support Advocates’ Momentum Studio hosts an exhibition of HOPE featuring artists with […]

1 May 2019

Opportunity Knocks | Studio #101 is Available

Posted in MAINFRAME News

Bozz Prints is moving to Valley Junction Although our waitlist is 100+ artists strong, Studio #101 presents a unique enough setting that we are broadening our net. Bozz Prints is leaving big shoes to fill, and a large space. It is 1,877 square feet with 13 foot ceilings and a wall of windows facing 10th […]

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

June 7 / 5-9 PM / 900 Keo Way

ARTISTIC KEYS // Get Ready! We have a fun-filled community night in store. City Sounds unveils their public pianos and Community Support Advocates’ Momentum Studio hosts an exhibition of HOPE featuring artists with disabilities. Come vote for you favorite piano and leave your mark on a paint-by-numbers baby grand. Of course, that’s not all… see you soon!

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