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.


Portrait Contest

Professional and student artists: Submit one or more hero portraits. Deadline is December 10, 2020. Learn more here

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:

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.  


  • Robert Shetterly Portrait Contest

    Hosted by The My HERO Project

    Americans Who Tell the Truth and The MY HERO Project are co-sponsoring this year's Robert Shetterly Portrait Contest. The deadline for submissions is December 10, 2020. 

  • Cove Street Arts: I Am an American

    Portland, Maine

    “I Am An American” exhibition opens Thursday, Nov. 12 at Cove Street Arts in Portland, Maine. 

  • Using Storytelling for Social Justice

    Hosted by Northeast Storytelling

    Saturday, November 14, 2020 3-4:30 p.m. Andy Davis—storyteller and peace activist—will moderatea panel of experts who have successfully used storytelling to shine a light on social justice issues. Panelists will discuss how to make a peaceful, sustainable, compassionate societyirresistiblethrough a mighty stream of stories.

  • AWTT Exhibit at Zumi's in Ipswich, MA

    Ipswich, MA
    Hosted by Zumi's

    Announcement fromZumi's: So honored and excited for this timely 2020 Art Exhibit at Zumi’s. It will be up throughout the month of October- don’t miss it! So much inspiration in this community engagement project featuring the artwork of Robert Shetterly.

  • The BTS Center Summer Arts Series

    Hosted by The BTS Center

    In partnership with Americans Who Tell the Truth, The BTS Center's first online gathering in their 2020 Summer Arts series will feature presentations by visual artist Rob Shetterly and indigenous environmental scientist and author Robin Wall Kimmerer, as well as some music.

  • Voter turnout a perfect birthday gift for Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    Rochester, NY

    Voting in 2020 is over, but we have a few more months to celebrate the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage.

  • Remembering Dwight D. Eisenhower on Veterans Day

    It was in October 1954 that President Eisenhower declared November 11th as a national holiday to honor U.S. Veterans

  • Dorothy Day Truths Resound Today

    American activist Dorothy Day was born on this day in 1897. More than 120 years later, her words ring true, appealing to our better instincts: “What we would like to do is change the world — make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended them to do.

  • Celebrating Eugene Debs and Ida Tarbell

    Two important birthdays today for members of the AWTT portrait gallery: Eugene Debs (1855) and Ida Tarbell (1857). It wasEugene V. Debs(labor organizer, Presidential candidate and war protestor) who said:"Your Honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth.

  • Voting Day 2020

    Today we reflect on the long line of truth-tellers - some famous, some not - who have fought to expand voting rights in this country.