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USPS Awarded USCG Nonprofit Grant for America’s Boating Channel

Raleigh, NC, USA, 2022-Oct-25 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — United States Power Squadrons® (USPS) has been awarded a new grant from the U.S. Coast Guard to substantially expand America’s Boating Channel™, USPS’s boating safety and boater education video service.

USPS, founded in 1914, is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization of more than 21,000 members dedicated to the shared mission of making boating safer through education. USPS is America’s Boating Club® – For Boaters by Boaters™. Organized locally into 320 squadrons, USPS provides boaters across the nation with the skills they need to boat with confidence and enjoy the waterways. USPS creates and teaches boating classes online, in person, and on the water, and offers free vessel safety checks (VSCs) to ensure that boaters have safe watercraft.

To advance its mission, USPS operates the America’s Boating Channel video service. Now in its seventh year of operation, America’s Boating Channel is financially supported through a series of grants from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. As part of the Fiscal Year 2023 National Nonprofit Organization Recreational Boating Safety Grant Program, USPS was awarded funding to grow and extend America’s Boating Channel from July 2023 through September 2025.

In acknowledging the grant award, USPS National Educational Officer (NEO) Vice Commander Bill McManimen, SN commented, “United States Power Squadrons’ boating safety and boater education video service, America’s Boating Channel, received awards for being the Top Marine Media Outlet in 2021 and for producing the best PSA Video Series in 2022, but its most meaningful award came in June in the form of increased support from the U.S. Coast Guard. Work on the new grant commenced in July and much has already been accomplished. The new grant will enable us to substantially expand America’s Boating Channel into a mainstream media offering over the next three years.”

America’s Boating Channel is targeting four growth areas.

1) New Video Series
Twelve new titles will be developed, produced, and distributed each year as America’s Boating Channel’s seventh through ninth seasons of boating safety and boater education videos. For Season Seven, video concepts in development since July include border crossing; preventing slips, trips, and falls; partnering in command; disembarking hazards; boating with small children; engine failure causes and cures; towed sports safety; tying dock lines; introducing automatic identification system (AIS); marine radio etiquette; navigating locks; and why wearing a life jacket is cool. Season Seven video scripts are now being written, which will be followed by field production and launch in Spring 2023.

2) Viewership Promotion
America’s Boating Channel will stimulate video viewership with a year-round campaign, including daily posts across multiple social networks and media outlets designed to creatively alert and memorably impress upon the boating public the inherent risks associated with boating, to persuade recreational boaters to adopt safe boating behaviors, and to remind them of these behaviors with creative variations on promotional campaign themes. In addition, the service’s exploration of social media platforms with youthful demographics will be rolled-out as a new promotional program. Since July, the service has promoted Season Six videos and a countdown to the public launch of Inlet Drone Videos.

3) Smart TV
America’s Boating Channel’s smart TV initiative includes the development, launch, and operation of a new free-to-the-user video-on-demand (VOD) app offering boating-themed video content in a format like leading subscription VOD services. A no-cost linear video channel, which will present boating-themed video content on a continuously playing schedule, will supplement the VOD app for a more traditional TV viewing experience. Boating news, sports, and entertainment television programs and motion pictures will incorporate boating safety and boater education videos as public service announcements (PSAs). Technology suppliers and content providers have been participating in the project since July.

4) Inlet Drone Videos
America’s Boating Channel will launch a new service offering based on the video concept tested during its prior USCG grant to prepare recreational boaters for their first sorties into harbors, rivers, and other high-traffic entrances. Inlet Drone Videos will feature low altitude aerial shots of leaving from and returning to major US waterways across the nation with narrative explanations. During the grant period, forty inlets will be covered and a training system with production technical details and processes for participants nationwide to create and submit drone footage for inclusion will be offered. The world premiere of Inlet Drone Videos covering Cape Fear, Haulover, and Columbia River will take place November 5.

About America’s Boating Channel
America’s Boating Channel™ is produced for United States Power Squadrons® (USPS) by Lafferty Media Partners (LMP) under a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. The service features professionally produced high-definition safe boating and boater education videos. America’s Boating Channel has been recognized with the National Boating Industry Safety Award as the 2021 Top Marine Media Outlet and with the 2022 International Boating & Water Safety Summit Communication Award for the top Video Public Service Announcement (PSA) Series. As the premier boating organization dedicated to “Safe Boating through Education” since 1914, USPS is America’s Boating Club® – For Boaters, By Boaters™.

Media contact:

America’s Boating Channel
Ron Jones
Public Relations Officer
1504 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607


Daniel Greene. N. A., PSA, AWA, OPAM Works On Display at Mountainsong Galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Mountainsong Galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, is committed to representing more OPA and AIS credentialed Master Artists than any gallery in the world.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, June 09, 2014 – <a href=’http://www.mountainsonggalleries.com’>Mountainsong Galleries</a> on Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California is the place to find more of today’s OPA and AIS Master Artists than anywhere in the World. The gallery owners Jonathan and Lucinda Mountainsong have created a friendly, fun upbeat setting filled with contemporary Master Artists, whimsical and dramatic bronze sculptures, stunning glass art and custom wood furniture. <a href=’http://www.mountainsonggalleries.com’>Mountainsong</a> represents some of the greatest artists of our time from coast-to-coast.

June Featured Artist:
Daniel E. Greene, N.A. is a former instructor of painting at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League of New York. He is the author of “Pastel” that was in print for 25 years and “The Art of Pastel,” which were published in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese. In 1969, Mr. Greene was elected to the National Academy of Design.

The Encyclopedia Britannica considers Mr. Greene the foremost pastelist in the United States and in 1983, the Pastel Society of America elected him to the Pastel Hall of Fame. In 2003, the Pastel Society of the West Coast named Mr. Greene a Pastel Laureate. In 1989, his work represented the United States at the first International Biennial of Pastel in San Quentin, France. In 1992, he was awarded American Artist’s magazine’s first Lifetime Achievement award in the category of oil painting and the Oil Painters of America Society named him to their Hall of Fame. In 1995, the American Society of Portrait Artists presented the John Singer Sargent award to Daniel Greene for lifelong dedication to the achievement of excellence in portraiture. In May 1999, Mr. Greene was the recipient of the Benjamin Clinedinst Medal of the Artist’s Fellowship at a presentation in New York City. In 2001, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Portrait Society of America. On May 26, 1994 in a special White House ceremony, Mr. Greene presented to Hillary Rodham Clinton a pastel portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt. In 2003, Mr. Greene was the annual honoree of the Salmagundi Club and was presented their Gold Medal. In 2003, Mr. Greene was named a Pastel Laureate by the Pastel Society of the West Coast and was presented with the Joseph V. Giffuni Award by the Pastel Society of America.

In 2006, Mr. Greene was the Artist in Tribute at the 75th Annual Exhibition of the Hudson Valley Art Association. In 2007, Mr. Greene was presented with the Gladys E. Cook Award for Painting by the National Academy Museum at their 182nd Annual Members Exhibition. In 2007, Mr. Greene was presented with the Great American Artworks Award by the Pastel Society of America and also won First Place for Landscape at the ARC International Salon by the Art Renewal Center. In 2011, Mr. Greene was presented with the Herman Margulies Award for Excellence by the Pastel Society at their 39th Annual Exhibition and also was presented with the Art Spirit Foundation Award by the Salmagundi Club at their 128th Annual Member Exhibition. In 2012, the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists at the conference “Faces of Winter – A Daniel Greene Festival” honored Mr. Greene with their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012, Mr. Greene was presented with a Distinguished Artist Award by the Oil Painters of America at their 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils and was presented with the Gene Magazzini Memorial Award for Traditional Oils by the Salmagundi Club at their 129th Annual Exhibition.In 2012, the Pastel Society of America at their 40th Annual Exhibition also presented Mr. Greene with the Jack Richeson Gold Award.

Mr. Greene’s paintings and pastels are in over 700 public and private collections in the United States and abroad. He has been the recipient of the Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation grant and the Anna Lee Stacey Foundation grant. A retrospective exhibition of Mr. Greene’s paintings and pastels was held in 1987 at the Hammond Museum in New York. Five highly successful exhibitions of Mr. Greene’s subway series appeared in New York and were featured on ABC-TV, Fox News, PBS, CNN, New York 1, NHK TV Japan, and in over 50 international magazines and newspapers. One exhibition “Subway Paintings” at the New York Transit Museum at Grand Central Terminal was the inaugural event in the centennial year of the New York subway. Mr. Greene has been the featured artist in American Artist magazine 15 times. Articles about his work have appeared eight times in the Artist’s Magazine. Favorable reviews have appeared three times in Art News magazine. In February 1999, Mr. Greene’s paintings were featured in a cover article of the International Artist magazine. In 1998 Daniel Greene was interviewed in the Academy Award nominated documentary “Ayn Rand, a Sense of Life” and was the subject of the cable documentary “The Genuine Article” as well as a PBS documentary featuring his subway paintings. Mr. Greene’s figure and still-life paintings are handled by Mountainsong Galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery in New York, New York, Cavalier Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut as well as Nantucket, Massachusetts and Miller Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. Highly regarded as a portrait artist, his subjects include leaders of government, banking, education, and industry. A few of the early works include Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, astronaut Walter Schirra, author Ayn Rand, and William Randolph Hearst. Some governmental portraits include Governor Scott of North Carolina, Governor Laxalt of Nevada, Governor Beliles of Virginia, Governor Lehman of New York, as well as two mayors of New York City. Some later portraits include Dave Thomas of Wendy’s, Governor Fob James of Alabama, commentator Rush Limbaugh, Congressman Billy Tauzin, composer Alan Menken and Bryant Gumbel of CBS. Some recent portraits include John and Adele Lehman for Harvard, Eric Widing of Christie’s and Governor Benjamin Cayetano of Hawaii. A partial list of sitters includes the chairmen of the boards of Honeywell, Coca-Cola Company, Dupont Corporation, American Express, the New York stock exchange and IBM. Mr. Greene has also painted the deans and presidents of: Tufts, Duke, Columbia, North Carolina, West Point, Delaware, New York, Princeton, Rutgers, Yale and Harvard universities.

Save the Date: The gallery has announced a series of upcoming exhibitions through December 2014 including a first in the world OPA Masters Only Show in July.
·   First in the World OPA Masters Only Show:  July 25 – August 24
o   Opening Reception July 25 5:00 – 8:00  All OPA Masters

·   Oil Painters of America Western Regional Show:  August 30 – September 30
o   Opening Reception August 30 5:00 – 8:00
o   The list of artists who have been juried into this event has not yet been made public.

·   Huihan Liu & Weizhen Liang – Couples Show:  October 4 – October 31
o   Opening Reception October 4 5:00 – 7:00
o   Huihan Liu, AISM, OPAM and his wife Weizhen Liang, AISM

Details on <a href=’http://www.mountainsonggalleries.com’>Mountainsong Galleries</a>:
·   Location:  Ocean between San Carlos and Mission Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
·   Phone: (831) 626-0600
·   Private Viewings By Appointment – Call 831-233-8255
·   Website:  http://www.mountainsonggalleries.com/
·   Hours of Operation
o   Monday – Saturday 10 – 6 and Sunday 12-6

·   List of Master Artists
Daniel E. Greene, N. A., AWS, PSA, OPAMaster
Everett Raymond Kinstler, N. A., AWS, PSA, OPAMaster
Neil Patterson, OPAMaster, President, Oil Painters of America
Cyrus Afsary, OPAMaster
Kenn Backhaus, AISMaster, OPAMaster
Clayton J. Beck III, AISMaster
Harley Brown, OPAMaster
Nancy Bush, AISMaster
John Michael Carter, OPAMaster
William T. Chambers, OPAMaster
Nancy Seamons Crookston, OPAMaster
Kim English, AISMaster
Dan Gerhartz, OPAMaster
Albert Handell, AISMaster, OPAMaster
David Hettinger, OPAMaster
Doug Higgins, OPAMaster
Quang Ho, AISMaster, OPAMaster
William Scott Jennings, OPAMaster
Ramon Kelley, OPAMaster
Steven Lang, OPAMaster
Jeff Legg, OPAMaster
Calvin Liang, AISMaster, OPAMaster
Weizhen Liang, AISMaster
Huihan Liu, AISMaster, OPAMaster
Kevin Macpherson, AISMaster, OPAMaster
Ned Mueller, OPAMaster
Paul Mullally, OPAMaster
Joyce Pike, OPAMaster
Joan Potter, OPAMaster
William Schneider, AISMaster
Craig Tennant, OPAMaster
Zhiwei Tu, AISMaster, OPAMaster
Jeffrey R. Watts, OPAMaster
William Whitaker, OPAMaster
Alan Wolton, OPAMaster

Marci Bracco Cain
Mountainsong Galleries
PO Box 3396
Ocean Avenue 3 SE Of San Carlos
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921-3396