Robert Shetterly's Americans Who Tell The Truth

portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness.

By combining art and other media, AWTT offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the Earth.


The Samantha Smith Challenge

Open to middle school and high school students. New challenge starts Nov. 1. View 2021-2022 Guidelines. 

Speaking Truth to Youth

We are excited to announce the launch of our short-video series Speaking Truth to Youth.

Truth Tellers documentary 

Filmmaker Richard Kane has released his documentary about Robert Shetterly's work, titled Truth TellersGo here to learn more about the film and upcoming screenings. 

Most Recent Portraits

Our full gallery now include more than 250 portraits of American truth-tellers. You can browse the full gallery. Or just begin your exploration by linking to a few of the most recent additions to the series here. 

Also, check out our newest collection of videos: Speaking Truth to Youth.  Some of our inspiring living portrait subjects share their insights on activism.  


  • January screenings of 'Truth Tellers'

    Richard Kane's movie "Truth Tellers" will be shown in three Maine locations this month.  And look for the film in Southern California - at the Borrego Springs Film Festival - in March 2022.

  • Share Your Reflections: Truth Tellers Exhibit at Cornell

    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
    Hosted by Cornell College of Human Ecology

    In conjunction with an exhibit of 17 AWTT portraits on the Cornell campus during the month of November 2021, Cornell's College of Human Ecology has come up with a great online interactive way for students - and others visiting the exhibit either online or in person - to post their reactions to the portraits. Try this out by going to the online exhibit page.

  • Truth Tellers Documentary Screens in Two Maine Locations

    Hosted by AWTT

    The documentary film Truth Tellers will be screened in Maine during the third week of November. Opera House Arts, Stonington, Maine November 20, 2021 at 7 p.m.

  • Virginia Film Festival: Truth Tellers

    Charlottesville, VA

    What: Screening of Truth Tellers film Where: The Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, VA When: 1:15p.m., Sunday, October 31, 2021 "For activist Robert Shetterly, the divide between art and politics is a small one.

  • AWTT Portraits in Binghamton and Ithaca, New York


    An exhibit of seventeen AWTT portrait opens at the Broome County Public Library in Binghamton, NY on October 1, 2021.