Blue Connection

Opened in 2003, Blue Connection is Millikin’s arts and business accelerator located in the Madden Arts Center in Downtown Decatur. Focused on arts and specialty businesses, the retail location is used by students in Millikin University’s Arts & Entrepreneurship Program to grow their businesses. Products are conceived, designed, and/or crafted by the students who sell them.

Millikin’s Arts & Entrepreneurship Program (A&E) Program is a six-credit course sequence providing learning-based business opportunities for students to practice self employment. The Program utilizes curricular-based, experiential activities and student-run ventures to give students a live laboratory experience in developing, launching, and growing a business. Rather than learn before doing, students are expected to learn while doing by first launching a micro-venture in the Program’s introductory course The Art of Entrepreneurship. Then, students explore growth though Blue Connection.


117 North Water Street, Decatur, IL 62523

Tuesday 10am-5pm
Wednesday 10am-3pm
Thursday 10am-5pm
Friday 10am-3pm
Saturday 10am-2pm
Sunday & Monday by appointment



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