Amanda "Arkansassy" Harris Memorial
Your generous donation will first help cover immediate funeral and memorial costs, and the additional funds will go to an organization Amanda cared deeply about: Center for Artistic Revolution.
Thank you for sharing your love for one of the sparkliest creatures ever born on this earth.
**The memorial and celebration have now been fully funded ALL additional funds will now be delivered to CAR**
Gofundme would like me to ensure you are all aware of how the funds will be disseminated. I will be the primary contact for reimbursements, and we will be using the funds for memorial and funeral costs, with additional funds going to CAR.
Your loving gifts have been a healing salve to Amanda's loved ones, and ensured a commitment to queer artists and creators that Amanda would be so proud of.
With deep love and gratitude, R
CAR (Center for Artistic Revolutionaries), who will be the main beneficiary of this fundraiser, wanted to share a few memories of Amanda and her work with them:
Amanda was a proud, passionate, Queer Southern Femme. She was clear that when she went into any room, all of who she was, came in with her. She cared deeply about the needs, concerns, rights and lives of LGBTQ youth. When she came to CAR in her late teens, the organization was in its infancy. But she was excited about CAR’s ideas that were very different from traditional efforts that addressed LGBTQ issues in Arkansas. CAR’s co-founders took her under their wing; in time, Amanda became a young adult board member.
One thing that CAR was clear about from the beginning, was that our efforts must not only be supportive of LGBTQ youth, but that the organization had to work from an intergenerational place that shared power and decision making with youth membership. Amanda especially loved and advocated for this part of the organization’s growth. CAR held space for personal growth and support, that met youth where they were. In time a formal program was developed, DYSC (Diverse Youth for Social Change).
CAR was also unique in that it also created a program curriculum that in addition to addressing the personal struggles around identity, school, faith and family, it encouraged the self-development of critical thinking and other skill sets. This approach taught youth to be advocates not only for their own lives, but their peers, schools and communities. Amanda was a part of building this. CAR’s DYSC program for LGBTQ and Ally youth continues to be the only one of its kind in the state of Arkansas.
Amanda did many wonderful things in her life that promoted the cause and the spirit of equality and justice. One that CAR was especially proud of, was to see her continue the work with LGBTQ youth via her time with the GSA Network in California.
Amanda loved CAR, in particular the DYSC program. Periodically she and the organization’s co-founder would talk about her coming back to Arkansas to take over the organization. She’d always say, “I’d really love to, but not yet, maybe one of these days.”
Amanda’s spirit and contributions are a part of the bones of the organization and especially its work with LGBTQ youth. It is to our eternal sorrow that there will never be a “one of these days”. It was a great joy, privilege and honor to share a part of her walk on this earth. And though this beloved child, friend, comrade, artist, thinker, doer, and beautiful soul has gone on over the rainbow bridge, the ripples of her life are a vast legacy reaching unknown shores. There are numerous lives that are far better for having known her.
If there are indeed Angels, Amanda “Arkansassy” Harris is up there teaching them how to embrace their best self, organize for justice and how to apply impeccable eyeliner.
We will never not miss her. With all of our love and deepest condolences to Amanda’s family, blood and made, Center for Artistic Revolution, CAR Little Rock, Arkansas