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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Look how far we’ve come! With your help we will continue to exceed expectations.

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Founder Justin Mandelbaum’s project history and demand study

From the Blog

6 Jan 2019

DSM / Artist Finds Peace In Real-Life’s Pieces

Posted in Artists, MAINFRAME News

Julia Franklin’s work adds dimension to the memory of her father—and his mysterious life. DSM Magazine | Jan/Feb 2019 Writer: Brianne Sanchez Photographer: Duane Tinkey You will never meet Julia Franklin’s father. He committed suicide in 1990. But through exploring her upcoming installation “Picking Up the Pieces,” you may come to know Johnie Andrew Tucker […]

3 Jan 2019

CITYLAB / Des Moines Wants to Be the Affordable City for Artists

Posted in MAINFRAME News

By Clara Hogan As Iowa’s capital city grows, its creative class has a pitch to artists in pricer cities: We’re creative, we’re affordable, and you can help us stay that way. Ask someone to name U.S. cities with booming creative scenes and they’re likely to name the usual suspects: New York or L.A.; maybe Austin, […]

31 Dec 2019

REGISTER / People to Watch: Justin Mandelbaum

Posted in MAINFRAME News

By Kevin Harty, Des Moines Register Justin Mandelbaum believes Des Moines is on the verge of something big. Sure, Iowa’s capital city has several good things going for it: Plenty of available jobs, a relatively low cost of living and a reputation for a high quality of life. But Mandelbaum thinks with some more […]


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

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KEEP IT MELLOW // 2018 was so awesome we are starting off 2019 nice and easy. Come on by with family, friends and visitors for artful fun as we keep it mellow and gear up for another year of exciting events. See you soon!

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