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

13 Aug 2018

IOWA INTERNATIONAL CENTER | Mirza Kudic Receives Passport to Prosperity Award

Congratulations to photographer Mirza Kudic (Studio #421) for this award recognition?   The Iowa International Center’s Passport to Prosperity Awards Celebration and Gala is a unique and inspiring event featuring award presentations to select immigrants and refugees in Iowa who make our community better. As well as cultural entertainment and a menu representative of the […]

13 Aug 2018

IOWA ARTS COUNCIL | Community Support Advocates Win Governor’s Arts Award

Congratulations to Community Support Advocates and their Momentum Art Studio (#104 in Mainframe Studios)! Arts Group Helps People with Disabilities Christina Smith didn’t develop the Momentum program to win any shiny awards. She did it to help people with physical and mental disabilities express themselves through art. But the program’s new Governor’s Arts Award sure doesn’t hurt. […]

2 Aug 2018

Business Record | Artist uses gaming to help cancer patients

BY PERRY BEEMAN, Managing Editor Thursday, August 2, 2018 1:39 PM This Friday, Mainframe Studios’ monthly open house will feature doses of virtual reality, gaming and co-host Josh Larson’s Numinous Games, which helps cancer patients among others. The company’s latest release is “Galaxies of Hope,” developed for Novartis Pharmaceuticals and described as “a content-rich, poetic, […]

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

Aug 3 // 4:00-9:00 PM // 900 Keosauqua Way

Join us for a very special First Friday open studio event as we join forces with Numinous Games (Studio #471) to present 60fps – an expo featuring gaming and illustration artists. We’ve extended our hours to accommodate the excitement. Come experience virtual reality environments, video games, tabletop games, arcades, comics, interactive art and more. Guest exhibitors! Special costumed visitors performing cosplay! Extended hours!

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