Garnell Limperes continues to make worthwhile contributions on Abaco through the Island Waves: Patti Limperes Creative Community Cultural Centre and C4 Studio. In recent months, she’s made meaningful contact with numerous international networks throughout the United States particularly in Florida, North Carolina, and Chicago, IL.
In August of 2013, several interested artists, musicians, and handicraft artisans from The Bahamas will attend Goombay in Asheville, NC. However, despite the expansion of the Island Waves family worldwide, she has not forgotten her locally based team or the Island Waves Sierra Leone, West Africa Branch.
According to Ms. Limperes, things are going great for the centre, and she is in the process of raising funds to travel to Sierra Leone.
“They contact us via Facebook and Skype, [and] we specifically like interacting with them on Skype because we get to have that one on one interaction almost as if we are talking in person. We have definitely become a family,” she exclaimed. “They’re most creative branches as of now would be the poetry and film making; currently they’re working on a documentary, so that we can gain more of an awareness for their culture, daily activities and interests. It’s extremely motivating to have such a strong support group throughout the world.”
As a self-motivated person, Ms. Limperes has fought her share of battles in her mission to lead by example while staying positive.
“As I’ve plunged into this project, I’ve started seeing life in a different perspective. No matter what happens, the mission is to lead by example. No one is perfect, but it’s about continuously trying to be a better person every moment, and by learning from your mistakes. In saying that, I don’t believe in giving up.”
Garnell noted that many people are now visiting the centre, and gaining a better understanding of what is done there. As a family, she added that her colleagues are committed to the projects they are working on, obtaining leadership and communication skills, strengthening teamwork, and staying along the lines of the empowerment approach.
Ms. Limperes explained the empowerment approach.
According to her: “The empowerment approach is, in a nutshell, the concept of remaining positive and focusing more on keeping each other motivated in reaching towards our goals. Many times we are unaware that we spend more time in society thinking negatively upon others as well as ourselves, expecting the worst of a situation, which is a waste on our God given energy.
“We should be focused more on uniting and working together to better our communities, families, and personal lives instead of bringing each other down and not supporting each other’s ventures on the whole.”
Last month, Garnell Limperes and her colleagues put together a Haunted House for Halloween with the children in mind. Detailed attention was given to their costumes, and props were set up throughout the centre to add to the suspense and drama.
As the holiday season approaches, the Island Waves team is planning for a Christmas event, and although she was close-mouthed on the details, a visit from Santa Claus and a few of his North Pole friends can be expected.
Assisting Ms. Limperes on an ongoing basis are Ellen Sands, co-founder; Shanishka Bain-Cambridge, vice president and wellness instructor; Javon Bain-Cambridge, treasurer and artist; Devon Bootle, artist; Henry Maureus, secretary, writer and poet; Ashton Sawyer, voice instructor and events coordinator; Ronell Escarment, an assistant; Omeece Culmer, owner of Glitter Me Dazzle studio of Make Up & Photography, which is now a part of C4 (Creative Community Cultural Centre) Studios; and Okasa Dawkins, who makes beats and plays piano.
Additionally, she was pleased to announce that the C4 Studios is officially open now. The music/recording studio and photography studio are housed in the same building as the centre and has a deck for outdoor events. The centre also offers gardening, volunteer work, music, photography, dancing, writing, music lessons and art classes.