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.


Support the AWTT Video Project!

Award-winning filmmaker, Richard Kane, is making a documentary about Robert Shetterly and Americans Who Tell the Truth. Please support this outreach project, which will take the AWTT portraits to many more people around the country. Watch the trailer and other clipsThen, if you're inspired, please donate!

The Samantha Smith Challenge

The 2018/19 Samantha Smith Challenge, an initiative of AWTT and Maine Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE), is underway! This year we have asked students to consider the impact of race, class, gender, and/or age on social justice and equity and to choose an issue that reflects this influence.

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 235 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. 


  • Great Tide Rising: Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change - Kathleen Dean Moore

    Strand Theater, Rockland, ME
    Hosted by Georges River Land Trust, Strand Theater

    Kathleen Dean Moore, writer, professor, moral philosopher, and environmental thought-leader, with AWTT's Robert Shetterly, at The Strand in Rockland

  • Archipelago Artists and Makers Conference

    Northport, Maine
    Hosted by Island Institute

    April 4, 2019, 5-6 p.m. Point Lookout, 64 Atlantic Highway, Northport, Maine Join us for an evening with Maine artist and author Robert Shetterly as he highlights and discusses the paintings and process around his "Americans Who Tell The Truth" project. Appetizers will be served. On Friday, April 5th, from 2:15-3:45 p.m., Shetterly will join visual artistKenny Colefor the

  • Truth & Transparency: Climate Plenary and Networking Gala

    Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Hosted by Confluence Philanthropy

    1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Brooklin, NY March 6th, 6-10 p.m. This evening event caps off Confluence Philanthropy's 9th Annual Practitioner's Gathering in Brooklyn. AWTT's Robert Shetterly will be there to unveil his latest portrait: Rev. Lennox Yearwood. Co-host of the event, Yearwood isfounder of the Hip Hop Caucus and a dynamic social justice and climate change activist.

  • Bree Newsome and Maulian Dana: A Conversation

    Portland, Maine
    Hosted by Maine Center for Electronic Music

    New Location!Portland High School Auditorium March 29, 7 p.m. Get tickets Emlen Hall, Bay School, South Street, Blue Hill, Maine March 30, 7 p.m. The Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait and educational project and MaineInitiatives areexcited to announce that we are bringing together Bree Newsome from North Carolina and Maulian Dana from the Penobscot Nation for a convers

  • Full Array of AWTT Portraits on Display at Syracuse University

    Syracuse University
    Hosted by Tanner Lecture Series

    Lecture: November 29, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. EST | Setnor Auditorium, Crouse CollegeExhibition: November 26 through December 14 | Panasci Lounge, Schine Student CenterAs announced by Syracuse University Lecture Series: