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

9 Nov 2017

Mirza Kudic | International Center Dialogue Series

Mainframe artist Mirza Kudic is the featured speaker in the upcoming Iowa International Center Dialogue Series: November 14, 2017 // 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Meredith Conference Core Address: 1716 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309 Price: free Worth a Thousand Words: Bringing People and Cultures Together Through Photography At age 14, Mirza Kudic and […]

1 Nov 2017

Momentum Art Studio | Open House Nov 9

Community Support Advocates (CSA) is opening Momentum Art Studio, a studio for artists with disabilities in Studio #104 at Mainframe. Join us for their Open House Grand Opening and see how they promote hope and resiliency through art in Studio #104. Thursday, November 9, 2017 // 4:00-7:00PM 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IA (Directions & […]

29 Oct 2017

OPEN STUDIO // November 10 // 5-8PM

Posted in Events, MAINFRAME News

Join us for the second installment of our Open Studio Events: Friday, November 10, 5-8PM. Enjoy snacks by The Tangerine Food Co. and a cash bar in The Big Room while visiting artist studios and checking holiday gifts off your list. RSVP via Facebook. We will be doing a drawing at our December open studio event! […]

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 Open Studio by Jay Vigon

OCTOBER 21, 2017 // 2:00-6:00 PM // 900 Keosauqua Way

Years in the making, join us in celebrating this momentous occasion with our 75 creative tenants representing over 20 art disciplines. Come witness the transformation of the former CenturyLink facility, discover the artistry of our burgeoning creative community, experience the vision our new nonprofit model and buy art!Follow @mainframearts: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

A special thank you to Jay Vigon (Studio #467) for designing our inaugural open studio event cover art.