A Creative Community In Downtown Des Moines

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

Sep 23

Middle School 12 week Art Course

This course is a great opportunity for your middle school aged student to learn art over 12 weeks with Jess Quinn, a certified art teacher with over 13 years teaching. In this course, an emphasis will be placed on exploring mediums and techniques used within the project.

Sep 28

Elementary Mini Art Course

In this 4 week mini art course, elementary aged students will learn about a variety of art and how to use different art supplies to create their own unique and colorful masterpieces.

Oct 02

First Friday // Momentum Art Exhibition

Mainframe Studios October 2nd First Friday Event will showcase the 16th Anniversary exhibition ‘Works of Growth and Recovery’ featuring artists from the Momentum Art Program. Join us from 4-8 pm to see the show, and tour open artist studios.

Nov 06

First Friday // TO BE ANNOUNCED

Join us for our regular First Friday Event. Theme to be announced shortly!

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!


My best stuff comes when I stop thinking about it. I don’t look outside for inspiration. My new designs, with the patterns, I want to get a rep to get it to the proper places. Its all unique stuff, I haven’t’ seen this anywhere before.