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

14 Jan 2020

First Friday / Power to the Flower

Posted in MAINFRAME News

WHEN + WHEREFriday, February 7, 2020 // 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.Mainframe Studios // 900 Keo Way, Des Moines, IA 50309free + open to the public In the dead of winter, bring your colorful selves to an open studio event inspired by the flower. ART UNVEILING // A collective art project by artists of mainframe and […]

9 Jan 2020

FEB 14 / Come Pho Love

Posted in Events, MAINFRAME News

A beer, food and art affair featuring The Tangerine Food Company, Peace Tree Brewing and Mainframe Studios.  When + WhereFriday, February 14, 2020 // 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.Mainframe Studios // 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, Iowa Don’t miss this unique Valentine’s Day pairing event! Three local creative power houses team up to offer a beer, food […]

22 Dec 2019

First Friday / Jan. 3 Keep it Mellow

Posted in MAINFRAME News

When + WhereFriday, January 3, 2020 / 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IA 50309 Let’s rebound from the holidays together. Come keep it mellow at Mainframe Studios surrounded by the comfort of art and each other. We’ll be raising a glass to another successful year showing how the power of art is […]


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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