Robert Shetterly's 'Americans Who Tell The Truth'
A Youth-Centric / Civic Engagement / Arts Exhibition
Asheville September 19 - November 7, 2015
What - Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) is an extraordinarily powerful and inspiring civic engagement/traveling art exhibition featuring a diverse cross-section of 52 portraits of courageous Americans painted by artist Robert Shetterly. The portraits and accompanying narratives highlight citizens, who have or are now, courageously addressing issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness.
By combining art and other media, including established educational curriculum - AWTT resources and presentations are designed to challenge and call forward a new generation of engaged Americans. The AWTT exhibition supports participants in their personal and collective quest to deepen their connection to their own values, morals and ethics - and to ask how and where they will heed a call-to-action in their lives as citizens.
Kick-off/Unveiling Gala Event & Artist Presentations - Robert Shetterly recently completed a portrait of NC's own model of courage, NC-NAACP President and Moral Monday leader, Rev. Dr. William Barber, II. The artist and special guests representing Rev. Barber will be present when we celebrate the unveiling in Asheville. Upon request, the artist will also be available to discuss his body of work at Asheville/WNC schools, civic organizations, non-profits and faith groups.
Youth AWTT Portrait Exhibition "Courage in Our Midst" - Youth grades 6-8 from the WNC community are invited and encouraged to participate in a 'Youth as Artist' AWTT portrait project. The student portraits and the accompanying biographies will seek to elevate their artistic creations, while deepening their understanding about the qualities of courageous character and action - as highlighted by the range and depth of contributions represented by their portrait subjects.
Where - AWTT is scheduled to exhibit at two North Carolina locations from mid-September 2015 through February 2016 in Asheville and Greensboro. The Asheville exhibit will be featured at the YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St. in downtown Asheville. The Greensboro exhibit will be on display at The International Civil Rights Center & Museum, 134 S. Elm St. in Greensboro from November 14, 2015-February 14, 2016.
Who - A dedicated core team of community members from Schools, Arts Councils and Civic Groups are supporting critical project efforts, including: general organizing & outreach; financial sponsorship of portraits, the artist and general fundraising; and working to place volunteers in various positions.
This exhibit is a labor of love - but will be costly to assemble and present. Please consider making an investment in the amount you can afford to help us make this a true grassroots effort in the spirit of our community!
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