“Americans Who Tell the Truth” Visits NC During Popular Multi-City Tour

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The artist and 52 of his acclaimed portraits will be on hand to honor a local NC role model while inspiring youth and citizens of all ages toward positive civic service and engagement.

Americans Who Tell the Truth, a collection of portraits, painted by nationally-acclaimed cultural and educational artist Robert Shetterly,  is coming to Asheville’s YMI Cultural Center. The traveling exhibit encourages civic engagement for all citizens, and is especially designed as a youth-centric inspirational event. The upcoming  N.C. show of the Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) project centers around 52 beautiful, realistic, full-color and larger-than-life sized portraits of leading American heroes and heroines. Each of these outstanding individuals has distinguished themselves as voices for human rights, social justice, and equality for all.

“The Americans Who Tell the Truth project was conceived of post 9/11, and brought to life by Maine-based artist Robert Shetterly,” explains Americans Who Tell the Truth, North Carolina project coordinator Ellie Richard.  “Rob knows that his work, coupling the power of art with very real individual human stories that highlight issue-based courageous citizens, with exemplary values, morals, and ethics – can serve as a powerful vehicle to inspire and call forward a new generation of engaged Americans.”

To date, Shetterly and his portraits have been invited into schools, museums and a multitude of civic organizations. Various exhibition iterations have been displayed in 27 states and Washington, D.C. The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program promotes him as a speaker through the Council of Independent Colleges. In addition, AWTT has collaborated with a number of diverse organizations that work to promote positive citizen engagement through education and the media. Portraits in the ever-expanding collection include luminaries such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglas, Dwight Eisenhower, Malcolm X, Woody Guthrie, Helen Keller, and Pete Seeger as well as many lesser-known courageous models

The ticketed gala opening of the Asheville exhibit, at the YMI Cultural Center, takes place on September 19th, 2015.  The artist Robert Shetterly will be in Asheville to unveil a new portrait, that of North Carolina’s own Rev. Dr. William Barber, II – who is the president of the North Carolina NAACP and the leader of the grass roots “Moral Monday” movement.

Americans Who Tell the Truth is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts and education organization, the mission of which is to foster and inspire “a profound sense of citizenship” by exposing students at all levels to critical issues that have and continue to confront us as Americans.

For More Information Please Contact:

Ellie Richard, Independent Educational Consultant, Education for Engaged Activism

Phone: (336) 451-2846

Email: elliebhope@gmail.com The exhibit’s official website: www.americanswhotellthetruth.org

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