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

19 Nov 2019

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY / Shop Local Shop Art

Posted in MAINFRAME News

Where + WhenSaturday, November 30 // 1-6 p.m.Mainframe Studios // 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IAFree and open to the public! SHOP LOCAL, SHOP ART // Choose from clothing, jewelry, fine art, home decor, glass art, custom gifts, workshop certificates + more! Get the best that Des Moines has to offer during your holiday shopping […]

19 Nov 2019

FIRST FRIDAY / From Pedestal to Table

Posted in MAINFRAME News

When & WhereFriday, December 6 // 5-8 p.m.Mainframe Studios // 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IAFree and open to the public! CERAMICS EXHIBITION // Guest exhibitors join Mainframe clay artists for our 2nd Annual Ceramics Invitational Show. Come experience a range of sculpture and functional art on display throughout our building. The 2019 artists are […]

22 Oct 2019

FIRST FRIDAY / A Cut Above the Rest on Nov 1, 2019

Posted in Events

When + WhereFriday, November 1, 2019 // 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.Mainframe Studios // 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IA Free and open to the public! The Red Door Press will host a special letterpress and photographic exhibition “A Cut Above the Rest” with a close-up look at the amazing details found in antique letterpress “cuts” […]

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 Fridays at Mainframe

Come enjoy our free community event celebrating the arts in Iowa every First Friday of the month
5-8 PM // 900 KEO WAY // DOWNTOWN

Did you know? // Mainframe Studios provides permanent affordable workspace to artists of all disciplines.
This means glass blowers, woodworkers, clothing designers, painters, ceramicists, game developers jewelers, storyboard artists, graphic designers, photographers, sculptors, interior decor specialists and more. And, every First Friday of the month we love to celebrate their talent by inviting the public to a uniquely themed open studio event where visitors of all ages can enjoy music, food, art and connection. Join us!

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