Robert Shetterly's Americans Who Tell The Truth

We are dedicated to the belief that a profound understanding of citizenship is the only safeguard of democracy and the best defense of social, racial, economic and environmental justice. Working with our portraits and narratives of courageous citizens, AWTT crafts collaborative educational and community experiences that illuminate the ongoing struggle to realize America’s democratic ideals and model the commitment to act for the common good.


The Samantha Smith Challenge

Open to middle school and high school students. New challenge started 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.  


  • 'I AM Woman: Maine Activists' Exhibition Opening

    Augusta, Maine
    Hosted by First Amendment Museum

    Please join us forthe exhibition opening of"I AM Woman: Maine Activists"featuring works by artist Robert Shetterly. Wednesday, May 11th, 4:30 pm - 6 pm First Amendment Museum 184 State St.

  • Truth Tellers screens at Independent Film Festival in Boston

    Join us on April 30, 2022, 6 p.m. at the Somerville Theater! We are pleased to join with many outstanding film-makers at the 2022 Boston Independent Film Festival for this showing. Get more details here View our schedule of other screenings around the country this spring.

  • 'Truth Tellers' at The BTS Center

    In case you missed the March 24 screening of Truth Tellers in Portland, ME, you can now view the follow-up discussion hosted by The BTS Center's Nicole Diroff. She interviews artist Robert Shetterly, and AWTT portrait subjects Maulian Dana of the Penobscot Nation and singer/songwriter Reggie Harris.

  • "Truth Teller" screenings accelerate

    "Truth Tellers," Richard Kane's documentary about the work of AWTT artist Robert Shetterly and his activist portrait subjects, continues to be in high demand, with a full schedule of screenings during the spring of 2022. Get the latest schedule of screenings at View the trailer here

  • 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.

  • ‘Truth Tellers’ has a powerful message

    New Hampshire columnist Bill Nichols wrote an interesting review of "Truth Tellers" when it screened at Woodstock (NH) Town Hall earlier this month. "We’ve seen a lot of careful fact-checking in recent years, but no one seems to know how to protect citizens from the fire hose gush of dishonesty now assaulting all of us on some cable TV outlets and social media.

  • Youth v. Gov now available on Netflix!

    Beginning April 29, 2022, the award-winning film YOUTH v GOVcan be streamed on Netflix. "YOUTH v GOV is the story of the Juliana v. The United States of America constitutional lawsuit and the 21 American youth, ages 14 to 25, who are taking on the world’s most powerful government.

  • How Should Art Reckon With Climate Change?

    As the environmental crisis accelerates, contemporary artists have taken up the mantle of addressing the precarious present.

  • Nobel Laureate Jody Williams Joins Call for An International Anti-Corruption Court

    Jody Williams tops the list of thirty Nobel Laureates who have recently signed onto the Declaration calling for the creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court (IACC).

  • The Coolest Show

    Rev. Lennox Yearwood's podcast, The Coolest Show,  is entering its fourth season.