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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Oct 23


Hear the finest chamber music the Twin Cities have to offer from your home! Accordo is a string ensemble composed of present and former principal string players of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. The group has been named “Best Chamber Ensemble” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and “the dream team of chamber music” by Minnesota Monthly.

Nov 06

First Friday // Make your Mark

A post-election evening of community connections and creative outlets. Take part in collective canvases, where attendees paint together to make small works that will be raffled off. Then, explore more activities and DIY art kits while visiting over 70 artist studios.

Nov 07

Mainframe Studios Shopping Event

Over 75 open artist studios to explore, featuring local art and artists of all kinds. Ceramics, jewelry, painting, hand-blown glass, custom clothing, scarves, and blankets. Find the perfect gift for a loved one, art to fill your home, or just something cozy to make you smile!

Nov 13


All In is a collective group of Los Angeles area session musicians and friends. This septet is led by woodwind master Sal Lozano, a Southern California native. He will be joined by bassist Trey Henry, drummer Ray Brinker, guitarist Andrew Synowiec, pianist David Witham, trumpet player Michael Stever, and trombonist Alex Iles.

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.