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.
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.
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.
Robert Shetterly's portraits cut to the chase in a compelling way. Students could access the profound sentiments that these portraits represent.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Samantha Smith Challenge
Open to middle school and high school students, this year's theme is Show US Who You Are! View 2020-2021 Guidelines.
Speaking Truth to Youth
We are excited to announce the launch of our short-video series Speaking Truth to Youth.
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, go to: www.kanelewis.com.
Most Recent Portraits
Our full gallery now includes 250 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.
Also, check out our newest collection of videos: Speaking Truth to Youth. Some of our inspiring living portrait subjects share their insights on activism.
The Camden International Film Festival will premiere Truth Tellers, a documentary film featuring artist Robert Shetterly's work on September 19.
This exhibit of thirty-nine Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits and narratives honors citizens who have courageously worked for social, environmental, and economic fairness, moving America closer to its stated ideals.
Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows will host student artists from King Middle School in Portland and Sweetland School in Hope at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26 to view their artwork and poetry currently displayed in the Secretary of State’s main office.
Artist Robert Shetterly offered this presentation and interview, hosted by Acadia Senior College, on May 23, 2021.
When: March 20, 2021, 4 p.m. EDT; Where: Virtual
New Village Press releases artist Robert Shetterly's book Portraits of Racial Justice on September 19, 2021.
Read about how Oklahoman Allyson Reneau, Katherine Spillar of the Feminist Majority Foundation, and other advocates are trying to rescue women from Afghanistan.
On this day in 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. ... The driving force behind the law was FDR’s Secretary of Labor, Frances Perkins.
"There is a long history of fine artists using their work as a form of protest against injustice and war—think Picasso's Guernica or Diego Rivera's frescoes. Several contemporary Maine artists fit into this tradition. We discuss the role of art as activism, both historically and today.
"Right now in northern Minnesota, the Canadian oil-and-gas-transport company Enbridge is building an expansion of a pipeline, Line 3, to carry oil through fragile parts of the state’s watersheds as well as treaty-protected tribal lands.