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.

Mary Ellen Tracy
I teach at one of the schools which Samantha Smith attended. Because of this, when I heard about thisSamantha Smith Challenge (click to sign up your students)I was excited to learn more.
David Hilton
I know my time with my students will have been worthwhile if, at the end of our class, each child has grown as a citizen. I want my students to learn to be aware, empathetic, and active. The Samantha Smith Challengefits right into this approach.
Adele Drake
Robert Shetterly's portraits cut to the chase in a compelling way. Students could access the profound sentiments that these portraits represent.
Dr. Elisa Díaz-Martínez
Robert’s Americans Who Tell the Truth has become a distinctive and profound way of teaching American History and American Thought...His work will help us advance towards common understanding and tolerance.
Karyn Field
During the 2013/2014 school year, teachers Karyn Field and Sharyn Hastings used the AWTT portraits and resources to help students analyze "themes related to scapegoating, intolerance and social strife." Students wrote poems, orchestrated press conference
Laurie Solchenberger
I am a special and regular educator in Madison, WI. My students used your images to discuss how some people choose to do amazing things with their lives: some in big ways, some in small ways, but always by finding something they believe in.
Kristen Zoeller
Finally, I was shown people of all backgrounds who had made a difference; finally, I found people who were so normal, who I could relate to, and yet were so profound. Suddenly, there was no more excuse.
 

Support a doc on Rob Shetterly

Award-winning filmmaker, Richard Kane, is making a documentary about Robert Shetterly and Americans Who Tell the Truth. To learn more got to www.kanelewis.com

The Samantha Smith Challenge

Registration is open for the 2019/20 Samantha Smith Challenge, an initiative of AWTT and Maine Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE).  Get the guidelines and resources now

Additional education projects: Check out our resources for educators to see AWTT's new, in-development project, engagEd.

Most Recent Portraits

Our full gallery now includes over 240 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. 

EVENTS

  • Americans Who Tell the Truth @ Charlottesville

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    Hosted by Americans Who Tell the Truth

    Portraits L-R: John Lewis, Kelsey Juliana, Michelle Alexander, Nicole & Jonas Maines, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, & Diane Wilson A major exhibit of Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits opened in Charlottesville, Virginia in mid-January 2020.

  • Robert Shetterly: The Role of Education in a Democracy

    Waterville, ME
    Hosted by AWTT

    Thomas College, Waterville, ME Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 3 - 4:30 pm Join artist Robert Shetterly for a community session open to the public. The community session will pose the following question: What is the role of education in a democracy? Robert will ask attendees to create personal quotes in response to their concerns and challenges related to this question.

  • SUNY Polytech Artist's Talk

    SUNY Poly

    Join Robert Shetterly to hear stories about what inspires the artist and how his series of paintings came to be. Be inspired bythe remarkable truth tellers he has studied and painted. Gannett Gallery, SUNY Poly campus, 2 p.m., November 7, 2019. Exhibit runs from October 21 to December 13.

  • Robert Shetterly at the Active Bystanding and Caring Communities Symposium

    Gorham, Maine
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    Hosted by University of Southern Maine

    We are looking forward to the Active Bystanding and Caring Communities Symposium at University of Southern Maine on Thursday and Friday., October 24 and 25. Here is the schedule of events AWTTwill be participating in.

  • AWTT Exhibit at SUNY Polytechnical Institute

    Utica, N. Y.
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    Hosted by SUNY Poly

    SUNY Poly is hosting an exhibit of Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits from October 21 through December 13, 2019 at Gannett Art Gallery. The Gallery will be open for extended hours during this exhibit: Monday-Friday: 9 am - 7 pm Saturday and Sunday; 10-5 pm

  • Maulian Dana receives award for tribal justice and advocacy

    Indian Island, Maine

    "...This year, the 35-year-old activist [Maulian Dana] — who became the first-ever Penobscot Nation Ambassador in 2017 — was named a recipient of the Maryann Hartman Award, an annual award presented to local women who embody the spirit of the late University of Maine professor and humanitarian. “The Maryann Hartman Award honors the spirit, achievement, and zest for life that Har

  • Chomsky: Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism

    "...But scientific understanding is not enough. There has to be someone to pick up the ball and run with it. That option was barred by the pathology of the contemporary socioeconomic order. Market signals were clear: There’s no profit in preventing a future catastrophe.

  • Cesar Chavez on government responsibility

    Revisiting the wisdom of Cesar Chavez today: “History will judge societies and governments — and their institutions — not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless.” Human Rights Watchtakes a closer look at how Americans with low-incomes are faring.

  • Anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

    New York, New York

    Thanks for The Writer's Almanacfor reminding us that the New York’sTriangle Shirtwaist Factoryburned down on this date (March 25) in 1911. Also, we rememberFrances Perkins on this day; she worked tirelessly to bring about fire safety reforms in New York City. "One hundred and forty-six workers — most of them immigrant women and girls — died in the fire or shortly afterward.