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

24 Jan 2018

OPEN STUDIO / First Friday with Tangerine Food Co.

Posted in Events, MAINFRAME News

EAT // Mainframe Studios joins local First Friday offerings with an open studio event featuring flavorfully fun dinner options of dogs, brats and chili with The Tangerine Food Company. Cherry Madole and Susan Madorsky have been offering outstanding catering services to the Des Moines community for 10 years. Visit their new website at https://www.tangerinefoodco.com/. EXPLORE […]

17 Jan 2018

DSM Magazine | An Iowa Treasure Comes Home

Posted in Artists, MAINFRAME News

“The Baker’s Boy” is just one of many characters drawn by Iowa legend Ding Darling in his world travels a century ago. A treasury of Darling’s personal sketchbooks and other artifacts form the foundation for a new center that commemorates the Pulitzer-winning Des Moines Register cartoonist and conservationist. A new center preserves the legacy of […]

9 Jan 2018

DSM Magazine | A New Stage of Life

Above: “Don’t let anyone else determine your dreams,” says Robert John Ford, who is fulfilling a dream of producing long-run theatrical productions in Des Moines. January 9, 2018 Writer: Brianne Sanchez Photographer: Duane Tinkey The roving playwright finally has a stage to call home. When the curtain rises Jan. 11 in the new theater space […]

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

March 2 // 5:00-8:00 PM // 900 Keosauqua Way

First Friday with Salsa Des Moines – Explore 60 artist studios while enjoying Latin music by DJXan, dance demonstrations, and a special menu of tortas, quesadillas, flan and cocktails by The Tangerine Food Company. We are a new nonprofit providing permanent affordable workspace for artists of all disciplines. Visit glass blowers, painters, game developers, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, clothing designers, print makers and more. Discover, create and connect each first Friday night of the month at Mainframe Studios.

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