Tommy Orange, a Native (in both the sense that he was born and grew up in yet to be mentioned location, and because he is Native in the Native American/American Indian sense, which kind of Native American, to be specific: Southern Cheyenne) of Oakland, CA, worked on his first novel, There There, which became a New York Times bestseller. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.
Tommy Orange worked in the Veltin studio.
Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…