BUREAU OF CHANGE | we are what we see
BUREAU of CHANGE is an entity of artists that engages non-artists to reimagine institutional function and philosophy. BUREAU produces projects that acknowledge the transformative power of creative, collaborative communication in our networked global society, as well the vitality of personalized interventions. Our mission and vision is realized in the conception, production, installation, and dissemination of public service, which we generate through enterprising approaches to research-based collaboration. WE RELEASE PUBLIC RECORDS THAT REVEAL HARSH INSTITUTIONAL REALITIES. WE ASSEMBLE CITIZEN COUNCILS TO OPENLY ASSESS ISSUES OF PUBLIC CONCERN. WE PERFORM SERVICES THAT DELIVER GESTURES OF CARE. WE ENCOURAGE AND AGGREGATE INDIVIDUAL EXPRESSION TO HARNESS ITS POWER.
BUREAU of CHANGE, Margot Herster, public art, agency, Southern Rep, BOUDIN, New Orleans, social practice, digital art, media, participatory art, politics, activist, socially engaged art, Bureau de Change, civic engagement

Recent Projects

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  • Restitution to Students
    Restitution to Students

    BUREAU of CHANGE awarded surplus electronics as restitution to students at release of our public record *EDUCATION NOT GUARANTEED.

  • Nothing But the Truth
    Nothing But the Truth

    BUREAU of CHANGE developed a process for finding truths as defined by individuals engaged in collaboration.

  • Taking Care of Trees
    Taking Care of Trees

    BUREAU of CHANGE cleaned up fallen trees in the wake of Hurricane Isaac in search of lumber to make commodities.

  • Taking Care of Education
    Taking Care of Education

    BUREAU of CHANGE invited educators to participate in BodyMind Integrative therapy, bubble baths, and playtime with kittens as a gesture of care.

The mission of  BUREAU of CHANGE is to present catalyst for institutional accountability by envisioning policy and practice rights through collaborative social creations. 
BUREAU of CHANGE envisions a new governmental body that discloses institutional transgressions, engages its people in collective problem solving, and is kinder and gentler to its human and non human resources. 
We acknowledge the transformative power of creative, collaborative communication in our networked global society, as well a the vitality of personalized interventions that promote individual welfare. 
We’re Recruiting!




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BUREAU of CHANGE joins with the world to say #ThankYouEllenPao


It’s in every company’s interest to tackle the low-level, pervasive sexism that undermines performance, holds back talent and prevents them from getting the very best out of their workforce. So rather than prompting women to fight harder, or warning others not to come forward, the Ellen Pao case should be a wake-up call for employers to “lean in” instead. “I have just endured one of the largest trolling attacks in history. And I have just been blessed with the most astonishing human responses to that attack.” – Ellen Pao   #THANKYOUELLENPAO

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BUREAU of CHANGE presents FIELD TELEPHONE: The Opening Act in Southern Rep’s BOUDIN


BUREAU of CHANGE presented an original interactive installation in conjuncton with Southern Rep’s BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project, which ran from April 18–May 17 at the Ashé Power House Theater. For the commission, BUREAU founder and teaching artist Margot Herster directed FIELD TELEPHONE: THE OPENING ACT with talented young artists: Steven Pedeaux, digital cultures writer, researcher, producer, BFA LSU Digital Art; Kareem Henry, pastor, songwriter, computer science student at ITT; and K.G., rap musician, drafting and design student at ITT.        

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The Advocate reviews BUREAU of CHANGE: Social Services as “best street art on P.3+ menu”


The 24/7 part of Prospect.3: SEEN on the STREET BY JOHN D’ADDARIO| SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE Dec. 23, 2014 “But it’s a piece by the New Orleans-based Bureau of Change that likely will find its way into the most Instagram feeds. Against a selfie-ready expanse of mirrors, the words “We Are What We See” invite viewers to consider a list of provocative statements regarding the role of images in social media — and by extension, our own roles in creating them. It’s the kind of self-reflective art that depends on the active participation of a viewer for its meaning. And like the best street art on the P.3+ menu this season, it’s definitely worth making the time to seek out.” Read the full story at The Advocate