Welcome to Mainframe Studios

A new nonprofit model for providing permanent affordable workspace for artists of all disciplines. Phase 1 features 65 artists studios, 5 nonprofit offices, event rental venue, commercial kitchen and common areas. The waiting list for Phase 2 is growing. Those who fill out our pre-lease application will be prioritized.

Links: Mainframe Studios Brochure // Mainframe Studios Pledge Form

Mission

Mainframe Studios is a 501(c)3 whose mission is to provide permanent affordable workspace to artists of all disciplines

Vision

Transform 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

Project Sponsors

Mainframe Studios (originally DesMoinesArts) was formed by Justin and John Mandelbaum, principals at Mandelbaum Properties. Mandelbaum Properties is a Des Moines based family-owned real estate investment, development and property management firm. The Mandelbaums are donating their time and services, in addition to funds, and will not profit from Mainframe Studios. View project renovation photos here.

Board of Directors

Michelle Book – Food Bank of Iowa, President & CEO
Alex Brown – Artist
Angela Connolly – Polk County Supervisor
Jeff Fleming – Des Moines Art Center, Director
Justin Mandelbaum – (President) Mandelbaum Properties, Principal
John Mandelbaum – (Vice President) Mandelbaum Properties, Principal
Kathy Murphy – Wells Fargo, Retired Vice President of Community Affairs
Scott Ruba – Principal Financial Group, Retirement and Investor Services at Principal Financial Group Director

Mainframe Studios Staff

Siobhan Spain – Director
Siobhan@MainframeStudios.org
515-707-2783

Fundraising

Initial fundraising is essential for purchasing and renovating the Mainframe Studios location at 900 Keosauqua Way. Rents are priced to cover operating expenses and a reserve fund, with remaining operating income to fund an endowment. Once the building is fully operational, the non-profit is designed to be financially self-sustaining, allowing Mainframe Studios to stand the test of time.

Thank you to our leading financial supporters:

    • Lauridsen Family Endowment
    • QuikTrip
    • Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines Leadership Circle
    • Principal Financial Group
    • Wells Fargo
    • Polk County, Iowa
    • Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
    • Prairie Meadows
    • Bravo Greater Des Moines
    • Bankers Trust
    • John Ruan Foundation Trust
    • Simonson & Associates Architects
    • Trilix Marketing Group
    • Mandelbaum Properties
    • John and Cyril Mandelbaum
    • Fred and Emily Weitz
    • Fred and Charlotte Hubbell

Mainframe Studios owes additional significant thanks to its Advisory Committee, the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Bravo Greater Des Moines and the Des Moines Social Club for providing initial encouragement, perspective and guidance.

Fundraising Committee

Fred Hubbell
Fred Weitz 
Cara Heiden
Virginia Lauridsen
Cyril Mandelbaum
Pat McFarland 
Pat Schneider
Loretta Sieman
Marcia Wanamaker

Advisory Committee: 2010-2014

Matt Anderson – Assistant City Manager, City of Des Moines
Angela Connolly
– Polk County Supervisor
Jeff Fleming – Director, Des Moines Art Center
Michelle Book – President and CEO, Food Bank of Iowa
Christine Fleming Halbrook – Des Moines Attorney
Chris Hensley – Des Moines City Council Member
Fred Hubbell – Insurance Executive and Community Philanthropist
Jim Hubbell – Businessman and Community Philanthropist
MD Isley – Dean of Business & Information Technology, Des Moines Area Community College
Mary Kelly – Community Leader; Board of Directors Des Moines Art Center
Tim Leach – Vice President Economic Development, Downtown Community Alliance
Kim Poam Logan – Former Executive Director, Metro Arts Alliance
Gerry Neugent – President & COO of Knapp Properties
Cynthia O’Brien – Design 515
Suku Radia – President, Bankers Trust
Craig Shadur – Nephrologist
Mike Simonson – Owner, Simonson & Associates Architecture
Connie Wimer – Owner & President of Des Moines Business Publications
Steve Zumbach – Attorney, Belin McCormick Law Firm

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