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The Tanuja Bahal Artist In Residence Program

The PPMM Artist in Residence program is a project-based residency intended to further the conversation around sexual and reproductive health.

PPMM believes that art has the potential to inform, inspire, and influence the way that we talk about and conceptualize our bodies and our rights.

Artists are always the trailblazers around many difficult conversations, whether it's social justice, whether it's personal expression around a particular issue.

Tanuja Bahal


Residency Periods

We look forward to seeing your application!


Who can apply?

We are looking for emerging and established artists who reflect the diversity of the communities where PPMM serves. We invite artists working in all mediums including but not limited visual art, public installations, video art, animation, photography, music, literature, and more.

To be eligible for this residency the artist must have meaningful connections to PPMM territory, be able and willing to communicate clearly about their work, have regular internet access, and be at least 18 years old.

Where will this take place?

During the pandemic this residency will be entirely remote with potentially limited access to office space or health centers as it is deemed safe to do so.

How long is the program?

Residencies will follow a 6 month cycle during which time the artist will be expected to make a serious commitment to the program with regular communication to staff and some scheduled meetings during business hours. As long as those requirements can be met PPMM is able to be flexible with when and how artists are spending their time on the project they have chosen to pursue.

Cycles will be scheduled as follows with applications open year round and reviewed twice per year the selection committee.

Application Period Residency Period
October - December January - June
April - June July - December
Who is Tanuja Bahal?

Tanuja Bahal is an artist, immigrant, seasoned non-profit leader, and is working on initiatives that explore the intersection of arts and place-making in hospitals, the impact of arts in the juvenile prison system and workforce development for disconnected youth.

Previously, Tanuja served as Executive Director of the India Community Center in Milpitas, CA, was board chair for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, and has a strong professional background in marketing and advertising. Tanuja currently serves on the board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

How are artists selected?

After applying artists will be selected by a committee of PPMM staff, board members, local artists, and community partners. After the first AiR cycle, past residents will also be invited to join the selection committee.

Artists who are being considered will be asked to submit samples of their work and participate in pre-selection interviews.

Why does PPMM have an AiR program?

PPMM believes that art has the potential to inform, inspire, and influence the way that we talk about and conceptualize our bodies and our rights.

As PPMM we serve the community by providing health care and education, and by expanding rights and access for all. One of the many ways that folks in community connect and communicate with each other is through art. With this program we hope to draw connections between community health, creativity, service, and inspiration.

What is the compensation?

The artist will receive a stipend of $15,000 total for the duration of the 6 month-residency. Material costs will be considered and approved on a per-project basis. 

How can I apply?

You can apply by filling out an application. Applicants who are being considered will be contacted for work samples and to schedule a pre-selection interview. 

There is no application fee.

Apply here

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