Hosting guests from near and far

Posted on Mar 31, 2018 in MAINFRAME News

This week, we had the pleasure of hosting guests from across the nation.

On Tuesday, artists Ashley Hanson and Corbin LaMont along with students from Iowa State University visited Mainframe for a tour and interview. Public Transformations is Ashley’s cross-county documentary art project highlighting how rural-based artists and arts organizations make their communities a more vibrant, healthy, connected place to live. Corbin publishes The Changing Times, a touring newspaper uncovering seldom-heard histories, examining biases and celebrating expression.

On Thursday, National Associated of Counties, Americans for the Arts and teams from five different states came through for a tour and talk as part of their 3-day Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge Workshop. Together, they visited Des Moines to explore ways to build arts-driven community and economic development solutions.

On Saturday, The Red Door Press and AIGA Iowa hosted a special screening of Pressing On: The Letterpress Film at the Des Moines Art Center with an accompanying exhibit here at Mainframe titled Why Letterpress  featuring letterpress studios from across the U.S.

Mainframe Studios welcomes interest from near and far. Art is a powerful connector. We are intentional about using creativity as a tool for bringing people together and cultivating an environment of trust, collaboration, innovation and opportunity. Questions? Email us at