# Caribbean Art StoriesInaugural Gallery OCA Initiative
The stories of Caribbean artists form an important contribution to the art world: past, present and future. #CaribbeanArtStories is the inaugural Gallery OCA initiative that amplifies the voices and artwork of Caribbean artists, capturing and showcasing their inspiring works, and telling the personal stories of their life journey.
It is important that these stories are told and kept alive, not forgotten. So is the context of Gallery OCA, says founder Sherece Rainford “our stories connect us to our roots and to each other, acting as a bridge between our pasts and the future.”
#CaribbeanArtStories is the first of many initiatives that will promote key artists born and raised in the Caribbean. It will tell their life stories: exploring ancestry, childhood, life as an artist, history, creative inspiration, passions, challenges, and hopes for the future.
Each month Gallery OCA will be profiling one artist on the homepage, and this month the featured artist is Yermine Richardson from Dominican Republic.
the Importance of Caribbean Art Stories
"To learn from our mistakes and look for a better future as a species, what happened in our region is real history that could repeat to us as a species, what happened in our islands was a human mistake and we must learn from it and move on and if we tell our story right we could change the way humans see themselves, as individuals entities of their own world and not realizing that we could create anything we want. I want to present people like me who to think beyond the limits that have been imposed to me by being gay, black, poor and from a poor black country."