A Creative Community In Downtown Des Moines

upcoming events Your source for First Fridays, Workshops, Classes, Special Events + More

Feb 11

Card & Envelope Workshop

Decorative Letter Card & Envelope Workshop

Feb 11

Art Class Ages 5-10

Jess Quinn, licensed art educator, in studio #200 will introduce your child to basic art techniques that will provide a solid foundation for future art lovers and artists. Children will explore art using paint, oil pastels, and drawing media. This unique learning experience places an emphasis on having fun while exploring creativity.

Feb 11

Art Class Ages 9-17

Students choose what they want to create in this one hour art class with certified art educator, Jess Quinn. They start by choosing the medium, acrylics, watercolors, pencils, markers, or mixed media. Next they decide their subject, landscape, abstract, animals, people etc. All materials as well as guidance and instruction are given during the class. Class held in studio #200

Feb 11

"Lovebirds" Art Collage

Jess Quinn, licensed art educator, in studio #200 will introduce you to collaging with paper. Use hand printed papers to create a one of a kind "Lovebird" collage. Use the provided templates of create your own bird collage. Who are your love birds going to depict, family, spouses, friends, siblings or significant others?

Transforming Central Iowa's Art Scene

Mainframe Studios is like no other. Not only is it the largest nonprofit art studio building in the nation, it is also the only financially self-sustaining model of its kind.

Explore Artists

People confuse custom with expensive. It can be formal gowns, but also your favorite pair of sweat pants that are ruined because you wore then every single day for years. Custom really means making whatever you want!


“Mainframe is a diamond on the Iowa prairie…all kinds of artists coming at you from every direction.  They could charge admission.”