Press Release | DesMoinesArts Appoints Director

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 in MAINFRAME News

The new arts incubator non-profit takes next step in securing its future.

Des Moines, IA (February 23, 2015) – DesMoinesArts ( 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 workspace for artists. Her diverse background in arts administration, communications and green building works to DesMoinesArts’ advantage. Siobhan will act as main liaison for cultivating tenants, guide building layout needs and manage marketing efforts.

Justin Mandelbaum of Mandelbaum Properties founded DesMoinesArts after developing a similar commercial project in Lowell, Massachusetts, and witnessing the influence it had on the local economy. He began searching for a suitable building in Des Moines five years ago. Once he and his father, and partner, John Mandelbaum were able to secure the former CenturyLink building in November 2014 for the organization, Justin gave Siobhan a call.

“When I first met Siobhan several years ago, I was very impressed with her background and knew she would be the perfect candidate to run DesMoinesArts,” Justin recalls.  “We would meet occasionally and discuss the project. I always told her that when we had a building, she would be my first call.  And she was.”

Working with artists, galleries, non-profits and foundations in Santa Fe and Los Angeles, Siobhan understands the value of the creative class and what it needs to flourish. “Empowering artists with affordable space where they can take their talents to the next level is an invaluable gift to creative professionals and the greater community,” Siobhan explains. “Central Iowa has something very special with DesMoinesArts and I am honored to have a role in shaping its future.”

About DesMoinesArts

DesMoinesArts is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to provide permanent affordable workspace to artists. By providing an environment for artists of all disciplines to thrive, DesMoinesArts will transform the Central Iowa’s arts scene into a financially self-sustaining economic and cultural driver. The 164,000 square foot building at 900 Keosauqua Way in downtown Des Moines is scheduled to begin leasing at the end of 2015. At the price of $7 per-square-foot for a standard studio, a 350-square-foot space will cost around $200 per month in rent, plus utilities. To learn more and join the mailing list, visit