About

Imago Dei : All People in the Image of God

Creating awareness and raising money to care for Fayetteville’s homeless through creative expression

Imago Dei is latin for Imago of God. We believe that all people are created in God’s image, so they have value, worth, gifts and beauty. Someone’s age, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, beliefs, or anything else doesn’t determine their value or worth. Simply the fact they are a human being means they deserve respect and care. It can be easy to look down on or past someone who is homeless, but these are people with thoughts, opinions, and lives. 

This Art Exhibition is intended to bring a voice to men living within The Lodge, which is a transitional housing facility run through Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch (FAOIAM). These men have been participating in art workshops for mixed-media art and photography. We also have other contributing artists who wanted to support this cause.

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Our Mission

  • Imago Dei Art Exhibition has been created in partnership between FAOIAM, Veritas Church, and Fiat Lux User Experience Design Consultants.
  • Fayetteville Area Operation InAsMuch (FAOIAM) exists to be the hands and feet of Jesus among the broken, hurting, and homeless by offering relief, recovery, and restoration.
  • Veritas Church exists to be a church for the city, for the military and for the fame of Jesus who love God, love people, and advance the gospel.
  • At EMPACT One Foundation our mission is to create programs, services, and community resources that economically and academically transform lives, schools, and communities. We seek to achieve these outcomes through partnerships and collaborations with community organizations that strive to do the same. In addition, our mission is to empower individuals through economic education and community engagement to empower themselves, their families, and their community.

Our Vision

Through Imago Dei Art, we hope…

  • Men staying in the Lodge will find a creative and therapeutic outlet, new confidence and skills, and a means of supplemental income.

 

  • Operation Inasmuch will grow in their means and ability to offer the Living Hope program at the Lodge to men seeking to a path our of homelessness. 

 

  • Creatives will have a way to express their own unique perspective and style knowing that we all share the commonality of being created in God’s image.

 

  • People who engage with Imago Dei Art will gain and share a deeper understanding of the value, worth, and dignity of all people, particularly those experiencing homelessness.
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Support the Cause

  1. Explore the art on our Creatives page.
  2. See more work and order prints by clicking “Explore More.”
  3. Check out and buy our clothing on our Shop page.
  4. Attend our Art Exhibitions Events.
  5. Tell people about the Imago Dei Art Project.
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Any profits made from the purchase of art or merchandise will be split 50/50; half going to the artist and half going to fund The Lodge through FAOIAM. 

Our desire is that this can become supplemental income for these men during and after their participation in The Living Hope Program within The Lodge. 100% of donations made will go to fund The Lodge.

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I believe that success in life requires the ability to set boundaries and overcome barriers.
J Antoine Miner, Sr
Lodge Director

OUR TEAM

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emily ruth perry

Emily Ruth Perry is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and moved to North Carolina in 2011 as a Teach For America Corp Member. She currently works as the Director of Community Life at Veritas Church in Fayetteville NC. She has a passion for biblical literacy, justice, and healthy lifestyles and relationships.  She and her husband, Trey, have two boys, Titus and Timothy and a pug-dog named Benji. 

J. ANTOINE MINER

J Antoine Miner Sr serves as the Lodge Director with Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch and has served in this capacity since June of 2022. J Antoine is a retired US Army combat veteran. J Antoine has more than 20 years executive level nonprofit experience working with at risk populations, and more than 25 years of senior, an executive pastoral leadership experience. As a survivor of hopelessness, J Antoine brings a unique perspective and personal approach to his position as Lodge Director.

RAy im

Im received his BFA in Photography from Baylor University and MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He exhibits work in Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, South Korea, and Italy. He recently received the Arts Council of Fayetteville grant for his photography master class workshop project. Im’s work includes commercial photography commissions and magazines in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Austin, New Jersey, Detroit, North Carolina, and the UK. He contributed images to Frieze Magazine which accompanied Glenn Adamson’s essay. Im has been teaching photography classes to the men within The Living Hope program.

craig morrison

Craig serves as the Executive Director at Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch, a local non-profit serving the homeless and hurting in the greater Fayetteville community. He appreciates the challenge of facilitating organizational transformation by leveraging relational capital and expanding partnerships to make our community a better place to live, work, and play for all God’s children. 

sebastien braxton

Sebastien is a user experience designer and one of the co-founders of Luminate World. He also founded Fiat Lux, his own design agency in Fayetteville, NC.

christian prince

30 years ago an artist was born. Since birth, a nomadic lifestyle was normal. From Philadelphia, to St.Louis, to Winston-Salem, homelessness became a way of life, but through it all, there were two things that stayed with Christian. His faith in God and the gift of art that God has blessed him with. Those 2 things have kept Christian through the years and have grown him into the man, husband, father, and artist that he is today. Christian also serves as a Youth Leader at Swan’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church and the Assistant Lodge Director with Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch, and has been teaching art classes to the men within The Living Hope program. Christian also serves as the president of the young adult’s department within the Woman’s Baptist Home and Foreign Missionary Auxiliary. Whether it’s at home, in church, in the community, Operation Inasmuch, or the community at large, Christian truly has a heart to serve.

kori frazer

Kori is a North Carolina native, raised outside of the Raleigh area. Kori moved to the Fayetteville area in 2016 when she married her super hunky husband.  Kori is a mom to two sweet boys and the owner of Kori Frazier Photography out of Lillington NC. Kori and her husband Zach lead the military care team at Veritas Church.

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