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.

Overview Overview

Our mission, our people and your future.

Floor Plans Floor Plans

View sample floor plans, studio pricing and building attributes

Backstory Backstory

Founder Justin Mandelbaum’s project history and demand study

From the Blog

10 Apr 2017

PRESS RELEASE | New Momentum Art Studio Needs Your Votes

Posted in MAINFRAME News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New Momentum Art Studio for individuals with disabilities asks for your vote April 12 – May 12 Community Support Advocates’ USA TODAY Network “A Community Thrives” video submission requires votes to win grant support for a new art studio planned in Mainframe Studios Vote here: Des Moines, Iowa (April 10, 2017) – Community […]

2 Feb 2017

PRESS RELEASE | A New Model for Art Studio Buildings Takes Shape in Des Moines, Iowa

Posted in MAINFRAME News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mainframe Studios Begins Pre-leasing Des Moines, IA (February 2, 2017) – Mainframe Studios ( has started its pre-leasing process for what promises to be a new nonprofit model for artist studio buildings. Located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, the organization’s 154,000 square foot facility will feature 180 artist studios, arts-related nonprofit offices, […]

27 Jan 2017

E-NEWS | Pre-Leasing Begins

Posted in MAINFRAME News

It’s happening! Mainframe Studios is pleased to announce that our pre-leasing application is now live. We encourage all artists looking for studio space to apply since those who are not awarded a studio during Phase 1 due to strong demand will be prioritized for Phase 2 studios. This is time for arts-related nonprofits to apply […]


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

    We look forward to supporting this new organization, destined to be one of the new cultural centers of our region, and an ambitious and much-needed addition to the arts community in central Iowa.

    - Sally Dix, Bravo Greater Des Moines
  • Zach Mannheimer, Des Moines Social Club Founder

    Des Moines Social Club and Mainframe Studios – two unique visions that are unmatched elsewhere in the country – can together firmly establish Des Moines as a leading city for local arts. Having a strong local arts scene is key to Des Moines attracting the young talent that will continue to move this city forward.

    - Zach Mannheimer, Des Moines Social Club Founder


It is time to create your future and be part of Des Moines’s burgeoning art scene. Mainframe Studios is offering exceptional affordability and welcomes artists of all disciplines. The first phase of renovations is expected to be completed in June 2017. While our application process for Phase 1 has closed, Mainframe Studios is accepting submissions on an ongoing basis for Phase 2, Phase 3 and openings that may occur in the meantime. View our floor plans here.