A message from PHAME student Debby McKnight
After my disability was diagnosed in the fourth grade, my classmates could be cruel. I still remember being called names when I was put in Special Ed in 1962. I wanted what others had—a place to belong.
At PHAME, I’ve finally found that. I can laugh, and also cry, and I can get silly without being put down.
PHAME means being accepted. It means I have people that really support me—as an artist and as a person.
Today, I’m writing to ask you to support PHAME.
PHAME has made such a difference in my life. I’ve been developing my craft here since 1993. Because of what I’ve learned, I audition for and perform in plays all over Portland. This year I was proud to be part of Mask and Mirror Community Theater’s Anatomy of Gray and Beaverton Civic Theater’s Sleepy Hollow.
I love being part of different shows while continuing to take classes and perform here at PHAME, in a place that feels like home. I love the people, and there’s always something new to learn.
I hope you’ll think about making a gift of $100 or more this year. You can help create more programs and opportunities for PHAME students, including the PHAME Arts Leaders program, performances like In a Single Breath (which I was in this summer), and community building events from dances to seeing the Portland Opera here at PHAME.
I might be a great-grandmother, but I’m not ready to retire yet. Thanks to people like you who make PHAME’s work possible, I’ve found that home I always wanted when I was young, and there’s so much more art I can’t wait to try.
Please make your contribution today.
P.S. Please make your gift online now or call 503-764-9718 ext 4.