Public Art Administrator
Public Art & Design Committee, Staff Liaison
Leslie Fordham brings more than 13 years of public art program experience to her role as Public Art & Design Administrator for Broward Cultural Division. As a dedicated and passionate advocate for art in public places, she now channels her knowledge into Broward County placemaking.
Coming to Broward County from Lancaster, PA, Leslie facilitated the establishment of the first ever public art program for the city, obtained grants to initiate temporary sculpture loan programs and cultivated public/private partnerships while defining public art for the community through advocacy and speaking engagements.
Prior to the move to Lancaster, Leslie was the Art in Public Places Coordinator for the Town of Vail, CO, where she managed the installation of numerous public art projects in a challenging natural environment and worked with an eleven member board to align the public art program with the town’s economic goals.
She also spent five years in the commercial building industry advising architects and contractors, producing shop drawings, material cost estimates and occasionally working on construction sites – experience that she frequently applies to complex public art projects.
Today, she manages a staff of seven; oversees more than 70 public art activities and projects and including installations at two of Broward County’s largest transit and tourism centers - Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades. She also facilitates implementation of recommendations proposed in the Division’s 2020 Community Cultural Plan.
Leslie attended the Vail Leadership Institute and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, with a concentration in History of Art. She continued her studies in London, graduating from Thames Valley University of London, 1997, with a Master of Arts in Information Management/Librarianship; completing her Masters Dissertation entitled A User Study of Art Exhibition Catalogs at the Tate Gallery, a two year project which included in depth interview and surveys of art librarians, curators and patrons of the Tate Gallery and other museums in London and Oxford.