I couldn’t fathom what my wife was speaking about when she first started mentioning something I heard as “the Red Sea grants” last spring. It was a busy time in our lives. We were mixing end-of-school-year business for our six-year-old with a host of work projects on both our parts. Though up here in Greene County we have a Cairo, we knew ourselves to be distant from the city only a desert away from where Moses parted the Red Sea. I figured the state must mean someplace else.
It turns out that my wife Fawn was talking about events affecting her position as gallery director at the Greene County Council for the Arts and director of Catskill’s Masters on Main Street program, which was trying to fill vacant storefronts with art-school art. Applications were being solicited for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to replace the old Empire Zones with a weightier package of competitive regional economic development community grants, nicknamed for their acronym, RED-C.
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