about y.a.t.t.a.s.

yattas classroomY.A.T.T.A.S. (Young Artists Training To Achieve Success) Performing Arts Program is celebrating 15 years under the direction of Owner, Kenyatta Hardison. The program was born as Kenyatta saw that many schools are not receiving the great qualities of an arts program in the current curriculum. As a recipient of some of the best arts training in the Baltimore/Washington area, Kenyatta wanted to bring this to the city of Baltimore. The Y.A.T.T.A.S. program has flourished, going from 25 students in the basement of Historic St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church to 200+ students and 12 staff members at the Cardinal Shehan Catholic School. Y.A.T.T.A.S. operates as a performing arts summer camp as well as an Afterschool Program.

The mission of Y.A.T.T.A.S.  is to cultivate our children’s gifts and talents.   Our program offers Drama, Dance, Hip/Hop, Musical Theatre, Piano, Chorus, Etiquette, Studio Art, Arts & Crafts, Creative Writing, Spoken Word, and Field Trips. Y.A.T.T.A.S. promotes quality arts education for all students with artistic literacy as the goal.

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About the founder

Kenyatta Hardison

Baltimore, Maryland native Kenyatta Hardison is one of America’s leading educators in the area of performing arts. With humble beginnings as the daughter of legendary Baltimore gospel and jazz vocal stylist Sylvia Hardison, Ms. Hardison eventually studied voice and honorably graduated from the world-renowned Baltimore School for the Arts in 1991. During her early years in Baltimore, Ms. Hardison participated in several performing groups and was also awarded the Act-So Silver Medal in 1991. Ms. Hardison graduated from the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., where in 1995 she was honored as an American Opera Scholar, ultimately earning her Bachelor of Music Degree that same year. After her brief stay in D.C., Ms. Hardison’s passion for the arts and her hometown prompted her to return to Baltimore, where she began her professional career in music education at the Cardinal Shehan Catholic School in 1995.

Over time, Ms. Hardison has gained the respect of both her colleagues and the Baltimore community for the past 11 years as the Owner & Director of Y.A.T.T.A.S. Inc. (Young Artists Training To Achieve Success) outreach program which is designed to transform the lives of youth through the arts.

Ms. Hardison also has been active as the Minister of Music at the Historic Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the director of the Saint Veronica’s Catholic Church Gospel Choir, and the director of the 100 Voice Mass Youth Choir of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

COMMON, CARDINAL SHEHAN SCHOOL CHOIRIn 2006, Ms. Hardison was the recipient of a service award from the Archdiocese of Baltimore. And in 2018 was named one of 30 Baltimore Visionaries by Baltimore Magazine.

Unexpected fame came for her school choir in 2017 when a video of her students singing Andra Day’s ‘Rise Up’ went viral. With more than 60 million views, the attention led to performances on Good Morning America, The View, Baltimore Ravens stadium and countless other events.

Our Team

We couldn't do what we do without these beautiful people!

Tuition also includes:
2 field trips (a live performance / amusement park)

Pre-K and Pre-K4 will remain at the school for wet fun. K through 12 will swim at Patterson Park Recreation pool for $2.00.

Breakfast and lunch are free. Campers are asked to bring in a healthy snack. Bag lunches may be requested for field trips. A concession stand is available.

Every camper is asked to sell 15 tickets to help defray the cost of our production.

For your convenience, the doors of Cardinal Shehan open at 7:30AM. Aftercare from 4PM-6PM is available for $35/week. You must sign up for aftercare in advance. Drop-ins are $10/day.

The Cost of the 6-week program is $775.00, which includes a non-refundable $50 registration fee, due upon registration.

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