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

The 2018/19 Samantha Smith Challenge, an initiative of AWTT and Maine Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE) is open for registration! This year we ask you 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. Register by Feburary 15, 2019.

Learn more here.

Additional education projects: Check out our resources for educators to see AWTT's new, in-development project, engagEd. These lesson plans from AWTT Truth Tellers are designed to help your students engage the world and its challenges.

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. 


  • Youth Plaintiffs File Urgent Motion to Stop the U.S. Government From Causing Irreparable Climate Harm

    San Francisco, CA

    Although the youth plaintiffs in federal court case Juliana v. U.S. lost a key procedural battle in late December, they are not slowing down.

  • Naomi Klein: On Fire


    Our current climate crisis and the actions needed to be taken will be the focus of Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein’s next book, to be published by Knopf Canada (a division of Penguin Random House Canada) in September.

  • Robert Shetterly Delivers Keynote Address at Symposium on Democracy

    Washington, PA

    AWTT's Robert Shetterly will be the evening keynote speaker at Washington & Jefferson College's Symposium on Democracy. Shetterly's topic will be "An Artist's Journey into History, Democracy, Power and Reality." An initiative of College President John C.

  • Mark Charles Delivers "We the People" Tedx Talk

    The son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man, Mark Charles offers a unique perspective on three of the most misinterpreted words in American History.

  • Announcing Documentary Film about AWTT

    Sedgwick, Maine

    Our Children’s Future: A Portrait of Robert Shetterly is a documentary film about this political artist and activist, who has created theportrait seriesAmericans Who Tell the Truth: Models of Courageous Citizenship. One of Shetterly’s greatest contributions is how he models what Americans can do now to effect change. He gives us the confidence to act.