9 Jun 2015

WHO-TV | City Moves Forward on Art Incubator Project Downtown

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JUNE 9, 2015, BY REID CHANDLER DES MOINES, Iowa – A project to transform a former CenturyLink office space along Keosaqua Way in downtown Des Moines into a studio space for local artists is moving forward. Monday, city council members heard a first consideration of an ordinance to rezone the building from a “General Retail […]

2 Apr 2015

Working New York City Artists See Hope in New Housing

WNYC News | De Blasio to Unveil New Artist Housing, Workspace February, 15, 2015 By Brigid Bergin For Heather Hart, her career as a working artist in New York City has reached a tipping point. Over the past 13 years, since leaving her home in Seattle, she’s cobbled together the means to live here and […]

30 Mar 2015

Pianos Arrive | Des Moines Public Piano Project

Today, four pianos arrived! DesMoinesArts is honored to be able to provide space for artists to paint pianos destined for public use throughout the city from May 15 through October 15, 2015. The nonprofit City Sounds’ Des Moines Public Piano Project launched the program last year with two pianos to encourage people to play music. Building on their […]

23 Feb 2015

Press Release | DesMoinesArts Appoints Director

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The new arts incubator non-profit takes next step in securing its future. Des Moines, IA (February 23, 2015) – DesMoinesArts (DesMoinesArts.org) announced today that Siobhan Spain has been hired as director to champion the vision of the non-profit arts incubator as it renovates the 4 1/2-story building located at 900 Keosauqua Way into permanent affordable […]

19 Feb 2015

KRNT AM | An Artistic Approach To Development

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Justin Mandelbaum joins host Michael Libbie on Insight on Business to talk about his family’s history in Des Moines, his unique development experience on the East Coast and what is in store for DesMoinesArts and its building at 900 Keosauqua Way. “We love this project! Justin Mandelbaum, whose family has been part of Des Moines for over 150 […]

27 Jan 2015

Business Record | Bravo’s Largest Capital Grants Ever

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Business Record | Bravo’s Largest Capital Grants Ever

We extend our sincere thanks to Bravo Greater Des Moines for awarding us a Capital Campaign & Projects grant. The important contribution supports DesMoinesArts’ capital campaign, aiding the redevelopment of 900 Keosauqua Way into permanent affordable workspace for local arts. The Business Record helped spread the word: Bravo awards $450,000 in grants to local organizations Monday, […]

19 Nov 2014

WHO-TV 13 | Proposed ‘Art Incubator’ Building Expected to Open in 2015

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WHO-TV 13 | Proposed ‘Art Incubator’ Building Expected to Open in 2015

BY REID CHANDLER DES MOINES, Iowa – Many would probably consider Des Moines to already be a fairly artistic city – especially when you consider spaces like the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park and the Des Moines Social Club downtown. But one developer says he hopes to transform a former CenturyLink property into an […]

18 Nov 2014

Des Moines Register | Four-story, Downtown Art Incubator Proposed

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BY JOEL ASCHBRENNER, Des Moines Register Justin Mandelbaum thinks he has the plan to provide the missing link in downtown Des Moines’ art scene. The local developer wants to renovate an empty four-story office building at 900 Keosauqua Way into an “art incubator,” with 187 art studios and with space for rehearsals, banquets and an […]

17 Nov 2014

Business Record | New Work Center for Artists Planned at 900 Keo Way

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BY KENT DARR, Business Record DesMoinesArts Inc. has closed on the purchase of a 164,000-square-foot building at 900 Keosauqua Way and plans to turn the 4 ½-story structure into a work center for artists. The nonprofit organization was formed by Justin Mandelbaum and his father, John, and is modeled after an organization in which Justin […]