The Samantha Smith Challenge & engagEd

The Samantha Smith Challenge 2015

The 2017/18 Samantha Smith Challenge Celebration, an intiative of AWTT and MAMLE, will be this June 4, 2018 at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. This year's theme is "Social Justice Through the Arts".  Learn more here.


Introducing a new, in-development project, engagEd. Lessons plans from the AWTT Truth Tellers that will help teach your students to engage the world and its challenges. 




Bagaduce Lending Library, 49 South Street, Blue Hill, Maine
Danville, Kentucky
106 High St, Belfast, ME 04915
505 Hawley Avenue Syracuse, New York 13203
Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St., Boston, MA
Waynflete Arts Center, 360 Spring St., Portland, Maine
Mt. Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa


AWTT Newsletter: Fall 2017
It’s been a very exciting fall for Americans Who Tell the Truth and the Samantha Smith Challenge.On September 9th we held our first fundraiser at Sally and Charlie Stone’s beautiful home in Brooksville, Maine. (You can stil
2016 Samantha Smith Challenge Participants and Student Reaction
The 2016 Samantha Smith Challenge offered and exciting demonstration of student activism around the state of Maine with 9 schools and 700 kids working on service projects in their communities.
Call for Entries! The 2016 Shetterly Prize for Socially Engaged Art
Americans Who Tell the Truth and the My Hero Project are putting out the call for entries for the 2nd Annual "Shetterly Prize" for socially engaged art.
Greensboro, NC Students Contribute to and Learn from the AWTT Exhibit
A video made by Amelya Black from the opening of the Americans Who Tell the Truth show in Greensboro, North Carolina. Robert Shetterly narrates.
Announcing the First Winner of "The Shetterly Prize" for Socially Engaged Art
This year, 2015, the MyHero Project and Americans Who Tell the Truth created "The Shetterly Prize". Entries were solicited from people of all ages and from anywhere.
Grants Support AWTT's Samantha Smith Challenge
Americans Who Tell the Truth receives grants from the Maine Community Foundation and the Holt Family Fund to support the Samantha Smith Challenge.
History, Advocacy, Portraiture: A Curriculum Created for North Carolina AWTT Exhibit
Two professors of education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro have created a curriculum for teachers to use in working with AWTT in North Carolina and beyond.
Steve Kaagan, AWTT Ally, On Why He Returned his Degree to Williams College
Steve Kaagan returns his honorary degree to Williams College in support of serious climate action and to protest the college's investments in fossil fuels.
My Hero Project and AWTT Create "The Shetterly Prize"
The My Hero Project and Americans Who Tell the Truth create "The Shetterly Prize" for art that portrays heroes or heroism.
Press Release: 1st Annual Samantha Smith Challenge Assembly, June 1, 2015
Americans Who Tell the Truth hosts the first annual Samantha Smith Challenge at the Hall of Flags at the Maine State Capitol in Augusta, Maine on June 1, 2015.