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Unassuming,  Unrelenting Love.

Love sees you.

Love respects who you are and understands your value.

Love recognizes your unique needs and responds in everyway possible.  This is what Art Tatum Zone is all about.


HOPE CENTER - hot meals are back!
If you can use food support, come in to the newly reorganized CHOICE pantry and take home what you would like/need.  Also, stay for a hot meal.  Open Tuesdays, 4-5pm at 531 Pinewood Ave.



Transform the community through BOLD acts of love.

Matthew 5:14-16

Dr. Calvin & Christine Sweeney
President & Executive Director, Art Tatum Zone


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Talent Never to be Duplicated

Jazz Profile

The Dozens: Art Tatum at 100

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Visionary. Determined. Passionate. Fearless. Love.

Art Tatum, a legendary jazz musician, was born right here in Toledo, Ohio. Nearly blind by the age of four, Art was determined to never let obstacles or hardships stop him from pursuing his passions. 

Although predominantly self-taught, Art fell further in love with the piano after attending Toledo School of Music. After graduating from Scott high school, Art began to emerge from the music scene at the age of 19.

Art had a fresh way of playing. In fact, it was so innovative that many argued his genre wasn’t jazz in the first place. Because of his unique skill and technique, many who listened to his music, often thought it was two pianists playing at once. In the 1930s, Art’s playing style was first of its kind…and he is the first ever since. His talent ultimately led him to becoming a two-time Grammy award-winning artist.

Unfortunately, his life ended prematurely at the young age of 47 years due to a kidney illness, but the impact of his music and passion continue to live on. 

The Art Tatum Zone is a result of Art’s fervent and bold spirit.

Our Story

The Art Tatum Zone is a not-for-profit neighborhood revitalization organization that shares its vision and leadership with the Tabernacle church.  The Art Tatum Zone exists to improve the human condition one person at a time, one family at a time, one block at a time. At the heart of the work is bringing tangible acts of love to bear through a strategic and systematic approach to offering programs and services to those in need. 


Get Involved

Are you looking for ways to get involved in serving your community? Do you want to help fund the life changing programs going on through the Art Tatum Zone?  Click below for more details.

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People connected to primary care

People provided food support

community leaders provided top notch training

Art Tatum Zone Impact 2021


students provided academic & social emotional support 



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30,000+ people impacted, served and loved this year



Our partners are significant contributors to the success of Art Tatum Zone in BOLD acts of transformation through love.  We are so thankful for their willingness and generosity in spirit.

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