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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Founder Justin Mandelbaum’s project history and demand study

From the Blog

2 Aug 2019

Book Signing // Blood of Dragons with Tyler Walpole

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Friday, August 16 // 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.Mainframe Studios // 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IA 50309 The public is invited to join Mainframe Studios in celebrating the release of “Blood of Dragons: Prelude,” Tyler Walpole‘s highly anticipated art book. Having years of success illustrating for clients such as Marvel Entertainment, Warner Bros Animation and […]

29 Jul 2019

First Friday // 60 FPS

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Friday, August 2, 2019 // 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.Mainframe Studios // 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IA READY TO PLAY?! // Adults and youth unite on the topic of gaming this Friday for our 2nd annual 60 FPS festival! Come experience virtual reality environments. Try your hand at new tabletop boardgames. Sit in on Capital City Drink & Draw session […]

21 Jun 2019

First Friday / Distracted Abstract

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July 5, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IA // Free and family-friendly Artists explore freedom of expression through use of space, form, color and textures. Abstract art invites viewers to disrupt their assumptions, let go of “getting it,” and enjoy the emotional experience the work invokes. Our artists offer […]

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

June 7 / 5-9 PM / 900 Keo Way

ARTISTIC KEYS // Get Ready! We have a fun-filled community night in store. City Sounds unveils their public pianos and Community Support Advocates’ Momentum Studio hosts an exhibition of HOPE featuring artists with disabilities. Come vote for you favorite piano and leave your mark on a paint-by-numbers baby grand. Of course, that’s not all… see you soon!

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