Reports From Our Field Studies


January 25, 2023

We will be announcing our 2023 public events soon! Please check back for dates & locations.

OCT 4 2022

January 24, 2023

The Bureau was interviewed by Dina Gachman in Smithsonian Magazine. Dina focused the article on our process and how we hold space for conversations around naming the heretofore unnamed emotions of living in a changing world. Click here to read Art Meets Science: How Two California Artists Can Help Personalize Your Eco-Grief in Smithsonian Magazine

JULY 1-AUG 28 2022

June 25, 2022

The Bureau will be in nATURE “an exploration of the disembodied relationship and sense of separation from nature.” Birnam Arts, Scotland.




Alicia Escott

Co-Founder and Executive Director of Interspecies Advancement (EDIA) and Treasurer of Geologic Time (TGT)

Alicia Escott’s artistic thinking focuses on grappling with what it is to live a human life amid a moment that is profoundly rare in the geologic and ecologic history of the planet. She is interested in how we each are negotiating our immediate day-to-day realities and responsibilities amid an awareness of the overarching specter of climate change, mass extinction and other Anthropocenic events. She approaches these issues with an interstitial practice that encompasses writing, drawing, painting, photography, video, sculpture and social practice.

Escott holds an MFA from California College of Art, where she received the Richard K. Price Scholarship in painting and a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. Escott has been a fellow at Djerassi Artist Residency, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the JB Blunk Artist Residency. Her work has been shown in numerous art institutions, galleries and alternative spaces, and included in exhibitions at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, the Hayward Gallery in London, the Berkeley Arts Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and in the San Francisco Maritime Museum- part of the National Parks Foundation. Excerpts from her “Letters Sent Sometime after the Continents Separated” have been published in literary journals and art periodicals and were commissioned as part of Art Practical’s mail Art Subscription in 2012. “Letters Sent Sometime after the Continents Separated” will be published in a book format along side audience responses in 2014.

Heidi Quante

Co-Founder & Chief Catalyst of New Words & Worlds (CCNWW)

Quante was raised speaking three languages simultaneously and as a result, has long been fascinated with how words influence peoples’ thoughts, actions and ultimately culture. Creating new words is something she loves doing and has been doing since she first learned to communicate with other humans. (Adult reprisals of “That’s not a word” didn’t stop her when she was 5 years old, nor does it today).  Quante was inspired to create this artwork with Escott because she was at a loss for words to describe the very real emotions, and feelings she found herself experiencing as our world rapidly changes due to social, political and environmental factors.

Quante’s passion as an artist and founder of the non-profit Creative Catalysts is finding innovative approaches to inspiring cultures to address the pressing social and environmental challenges of our time. This passion is a continuation of 17 years of designing and running a wide array of environmental and human rights initiatives.

Quante received a Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of the Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California Berkeley, but her true learning has come from life and the amazing people she has had the good fortune of learning from along the way. . .


Executive Contributors Extraordinaire

Mike Arcega, Erin Archuleta, Ash Arder, Jeremiah Barber, Berkeley Arts Museum and Pacific Archive (BAMPFA), Bill Barclay, Anna Blackshaw, River Black, Evan Blake, Heather Bourbeau, Carolynn BoxHeather Box, Laura C, Rachel Caplan, Troy Chew, Jordan Cherry, Jessica Chiartas, Diana Choung, Christina Conklin, Aron Louis Cohen, Sofía Córdova, Lafcadio Cortesi, Natasha Cucek, Shaghayegh Cyrous, Mel Day, Chris Desser,  Greg Dicum, Anthony Discenza, Brock Dolman, Liz Enochs. Beatriz Escobar, Susan Eslava, Ethan Estess, Rodney Ewing, Colleen Flanigan, Natalie Foster, Francesca Francia, Daniela Garcia, Camalo Gaskin, Theodore Grantham PhD, Ariel Greenwood, Jason Groves, Phd., Camilla Hammer, Gabriel Harp,  Lindsay Henderson, Phd.,  Lucia Olivia Hennelly, Patricia Marguerita Hernandez, Rhonda Holberton, Eva Holman,  Perrin Ireland,Canon Joyce, Maggie Kaplan, Jacyln Katz, Kayana, Faith Kearns, Phd. Jenny Kendler,  Leah Lamb, James Lee, Francois Luong,  Bo Lin, 林博 & 徐迦玉, Guido Lois, Nina Luttinger, Lisa Micheli Phd, Nicole Markoff, George Marshall, Darrin Martin, Mikl McElligott,  Holly McHugh, Erin McKean,  Julian McQueen, Kelly McVicker, Dr. Lisa Micheli, Xena Moseley, Ranu Mukherjee,  Chris Mungall PhD, Isla Bell Murray, Raphael Noz, Jenny Odell, Tressa Pack, Patrick Paine, Sasha Petrenko, Cecile Puretz, Mothiur Rhaman, Alex Ramos,  Katina Papson Rigby, Christopher Reiger, Mario Rosado, Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASB), Alison Schopmeyer, Mark Shapiro, Anthony Shore, Dimitra Skandali, Hephzibah Strmic-Pawl, Phd, Southern Exposure (SOEX), Yuchen Sun, Sally Szwed, Izzy Tarr, Bronte Velez, Cy Wagoner, Maysoun Wazwaz, Stiv Wilson, Sonya Worthy, Zara Zimbardo. Please note the Bureau is overwhelmed by bureaucratic paperwork and is behind in listing all our amazing contributors, but we are actively working on it.