Building a Creative Community

Transforming Central Iowa’s art scene by creating a financially self-sustaining economic and cultural driver, serving as a national model that stands the test of time. Once fully complete, Mainframe Studios will be one of the largest affordable workspaces for artists in the country.

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From the Blog

22 Oct 2019

FIRST FRIDAY / A Cut Above the Rest on Nov 1, 2019

Posted in Events

When + WhereFriday, November 1, 2019 // 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.Mainframe Studios // 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IA Free and open to the public! The Red Door Press will host a special letterpress and photographic exhibition “A Cut Above the Rest” with a close-up look at the amazing details found in antique letterpress “cuts” […]

18 Sep 2019

MarKaus to Headline First Friday at Mainframe

Posted in MAINFRAME News

When + WhereFriday, October 4, 2019 // 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.Mainframe Studios // 900 Keo Way, Des Moines, IA September 17, 2019 (Des Moines, IA) – Marquas “MarKaus” Ashworth will debut a single from his forthcoming album Burn the Boats during First Friday festivities at Mainframe Studios on Friday, October 4th from 5:00 to 8:00 […]

13 Sep 2019

Business Record | The push to raise $5.5 million

Business Record | The push to raise $5.5 million

Testimonials

Comments from our supporters.

  • Jay Byers, Greater Des Moines Partnership

    It is projects like Mainframe Studios that will enable Des Moines to remain at the top of the national rankings.

    - Jay Byers, Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Sally Dix, Bravo Greater Des Moines

    As Central Iowa stakes it claim as a vibrant home for arts and culture, Mainframe Studios is a critical asset in the region’s ability to support the creative community as an essential part of the region’s cultural identity.

    - Sally Dix, Bravo Greater Des Moines
First Fridays at Mainframe

Come enjoy our free community event celebrating the arts in Iowa every First Friday of the month
5-8 PM // 900 KEO WAY // DOWNTOWN

Did you know? // Mainframe Studios provides permanent affordable workspace to artists of all disciplines.
This means glass blowers, woodworkers, clothing designers, painters, ceramicists, game developers jewelers, storyboard artists, graphic designers, photographers, sculptors, interior decor specialists and more. And, every First Friday of the month we love to celebrate their talent by inviting the public to a uniquely themed open studio event where visitors of all ages can enjoy music, food, art and connection. Join us!

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