13 May 2016


Posted in MAINFRAME News

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 […]

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 […]

12 Jun 2015

Business Record | A Closer Look: Siobhan Spain

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BY MEGAN VERHELST, Staff Writer Friday, June 12, 2015 In the tapestry of Siobhan Spain’s career, there is one common thread holding it all together: art. Spain, director of DesMoinesArts Inc., the nonprofit organization behind the new arts incubator to go in at 900 Keosauqua Way, decided early to learn the business side of art […]

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 […]

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 […]