L A W R E N C E H E R N A N D E Z is an intergalactic art defender. at least, that's what he called himself and a group of like-minded artists, tongue in cheek, when they banded together in late 2016 following President donald Trump's announcement that he would cut funding to the arts.

Concerned what this would mean to the Omaha arts community — specifically, the local artists who strive to make ends meet — hernandez and his wife, Jennifer Joseph hernandez, founded the Omaha art Lending Library, which begins its inaugural loan period saturday at Cali Commons.

The mission is to create a relationship between the public and the artists who live and work in their communities.

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