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The Experience Engine Revs Up in Southeast Michigan

IXITI.com - the portal to the area's arts and cultural activities and events

DETROIT, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IXITI.com is a dynamic, interactive online destination for everyone who wants to be "in the know." It is also a collaboration that draws together the exhibitions, concerts, art classes, and much more from more than 100 nonprofit organizations – as well as commercial theatre and art galleries.  Powered by CultureSource, the professional association for arts and culture nonprofits, IXITI.com offers a comprehensive list of the cultural events happening in Detroit, Ann Arbor, and all of Southeastern Michigan. IXITI.com is a website filled with engaging content, unique happenings, and a constant, vibrant dialogue. It's a destination website where one can find things to do with art, music, science, nature and so much more. This destination website officially launched on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.

Can't find IXITI in the dictionary?  Neither did we! IXITI (pronounced "ixs-it-tee") is a movement: drawing attention to Southeastern Michigan as one of America's great places to live and play. IXITI is the familiar, the curious, and the unexpected. There are great things happening all around you. Come find your "wow" at IXITI.com - The Experience Engine.

"IXITI is exactly the kind of collaboration that we want to see among the many arts and culture organizations that Masco supports," says Sharon Rothwell, Masco Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Chair of the Masco Corporation Foundation, which provided major funding for IXITI.  "We saw IXITI as a way to help all of the cultural organizations in southeast Michigan and to enable the public to take full advantage of the wonderful experiences they offer."

DTE Energy Foundation Vice President and Secretary Jennifer Whitteaker says that "the Foundation's support to develop IXITI.com was the right decision on our part. The site really a reflection of the richness of the arts and culture in this region."  Additional funding came from the Ford Foundation, The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, The Kresge Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the HP Foundation, and the Ford Motor Company Fund.

For a night out with friends, a date night, grandparents entertaining the kids, or baby boomers looking for something different to do, IXITI.com is filled with hundreds of arts and entertainment options. Search for a specific type of experience (something Loud & Fun? Quiet & Reflective?), event or venue, or for a specific day or city. Users also can search for free events happening in the region. IXITI also showcases deals, including ticket discounts and more!

IXITI.com is a division of Detroit-based arts and culture nonprofit, CultureSource, a nonprofit collective of 115+ arts and culture organizations across Southeast Michigan and led by Executive Director Maud Lyon. Ixiti is funded with major support from the Masco Corporation Foundation and the DTE Energy Foundation, and is also supported by the Ford Foundation, The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, The Kresge Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the HP Foundation, and the Ford Motor Company Fund.

SOURCE IXITI.com

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