24 Aug 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Construction to begin at Mainframe Studios

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Permanent affordable artist workspace becoming a reality in Des Moines Des Moines, IA (August 24, 2016) – Mainframe Studios (MainframeStudios.org) is beginning its renovation to convert the former CenturyLink facility at 900 Keosauqua Way in downtown Des Moines into permanent affordable workspace for artists of all disciplines. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit has sold a portion of […]

10 Aug 2016

Call for Volunteers: Photographers

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Mainframe Studios is starting renovations! We firmed up details for the demolition plan during yesterday’s walk-through. Now we’re seeking a few photographers interested in helping document the process from start to finish. This will be an exciting opportunity to have an insider’s access to the project. Before work begins we hope to begin documenting all aspects of the building next […]

13 Jul 2016

E-NEWS: The New Name of DesMoinesArts

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To stay up to date, subscribe to our newsletter here. With the trademark process complete, we are pleased to announce that DesMoinesArts is now Mainframe Studios. Did you know 900 Keosauqua Way was originally built to house mainframe computers? Ever wonder why it looks like a fortress? Those computers didn’t need windows offering natural light […]

13 May 2016


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With the trademark process complete, we are pleased to announce that DesMoinesArts is now Mainframe Studios. It is exciting to have a name that offers us a unique identity and a nod to our building’s history. 900 Keosauqua Way was originally designed by Charles Herbert & Associates to house mainframe computers on the top floors. Now repurposing the building […]

18 Feb 2016

Event | Coffee & Conversation: DesMoinesArts in the Making

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You are cordially invited to be part of a special Coffee & Conversation event engaging artists and community supporters. We’ll share updates on our project, tour the building, and facilitate a creative conversation. Our goal is to connect with our audience to discover personal stories and aspirations they have for DesMoinesArts, both on an individual […]

20 Nov 2015

Planning & Zoning Results

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In yesterday’s call to action, we shared how the sale of our excess land to QuikTrip will provide a critical portion of our project funding, allowing us to start construction immediately. Last night, City of Des Moines Planning & Zoning Commission voted against QuikTrip’s site plan. Planning & Zoning is a recommending board and this […]

19 Nov 2015

Planning & Zoning Meeting

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Artist Voices Needed Tonight! A critical portion of our project funding is at risk. Tonight, City of Des Moines Planning & Zoning Commission is voting on the site plan of a piece of land we’re selling to QuikTrip. The sale is critical to our ability to start construction. Art316 and Northland Studios have both closed […]

6 Nov 2015

You Name It: Creating a New Identity for DesMoinesArts

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We’re creating a new name for ourselves and enlisting the community’s help. The name DesMoinesArts was established for our demand study purposes, which guided our mission to provide permanent affordable workspaces for artists of all disciplines. Now that we own the building located at 900 Keosauqua Way, it’s time to get creative! Will you help […]

29 Oct 2015

Let’s DU Lunch with Justin & Siobhan

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DesMoinesArts is the presenting speaker for the upcoming Let’s DU Lunch on Wednesday, November 4th. Organized by Drake University and the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the speaker series lets you hear firsthand from Drake and community leaders about initiatives happening throughout the Metro. Enjoy lunch and networking as Justin Mandelbaum and Siobhan Spain provides an […]

12 Jun 2015

Business Record | DesMoinesArts: A Labor of Love

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Those behind DesMoinesArts’ nonprofit arts incubator hope the project will spur economic development, attract a more creative class to Greater Des Moines. BY MEGAN VERHELST, Staff Writer Friday, June 12, 2015 Justin Mandelbaum was here before. Standing in the sprawling, empty space on the second floor of a 164,000-square-foot monolith at 900 Keosauqua Way, Mandelbaum […]