NEWS / Mainframe Opens Fifty-Eight More Studios

NEWS / Mainframe Opens Fifty-Eight More Studios Mainframe Studios | 03/17/2021

A First Friday open studio event unveiling third floor happens April 2, 2021

March 17, 2021 (Des Moines, IA) – Mainframe Studios completed renovations that added 58 studios to its location at 900 Keo Way, bringing the nonprofit’s total creative workspaces to 131.

Officially open as of March 1, the majority of the third-floor studios were pre-leased with the organization operating at 97% occupancy already.

“We had an extensive waitlist to pull from with artists waiting years for space while we raised funds for renovations,” explained Mainframe Studios director Siobhan Spain. “We’re playing matchmaker for the final spaces and expect to have them rented soon.”

Mainframe Studios hosts regular First Friday events and on April 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. the public is invited to help celebrate the unveiling of third floor.

Working off the theme of “Making Moves,” festivities will include a kinetic sculpture installation by Daniel Nutt, communal robotic paintings with Amenda Tate, a showcase of DeAn Kelly’s Writing History project with Oakridge Neighborhood, music by RunDSM Deejay Charles Walker, food and drink by The Tangerine Food Company and more. The event is free and reservations can be made by visiting

Artists continue to submit applications for space as Mainframe seeks further funding to finish its project by renovating one more floor to add a final 49 studios and achieve its financially self-sustaining business plan. Pledges made by local donors in 2020 allowed construction to start during the pandemic.

Renovations not only completed third floor, new windows were added to second floor, and the front entry plaza that faces 10th street was reconstructed. A 360-degree exterior mural and rooftop art installation are scheduled to begin in May.


Mainframe Studios is a 501(c)3 nonprofit providing permanent affordable workspace to artists of all disciplines. It is 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. Studios sizes range from 160 square feet to 3,600 with artists paying as little as $140 per month for 24/7 access, utilities, wi-fi and general liability insurance. Once finished, Mainframe’s affordable rents will cover all operating expenses, a $75k annual reserve fund for facility upgrades, and $100k+ annually towards an endowment for future opportunities. More information can be found at

Siobhan Spain, Director
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