# 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 Kamar Thomas from Jamaica.
the Importance of Caribbean Art Stories
"It is important to share Caribbean stories so that it is first evident that we are in charge of our story and second that we are responsible for creating that story from whatever cultural raw materials we are exposed to. Just as the motto of Jamaica is Out of Many, One People, it is important to show the stories of one identity being made from many influences wherever they may come from."