The mission of 4Ward Miami is to promote LGBTQ+ diversity & inclusivity, economic status and civil rights through the Gay8 Festival and other community engagement, human rights and cultural arts programs and events.
To build a progressive, diverse, inclusive, economically empowered and equality driven LGBTQ+ community through programing related to community engagement and awareness, social justice, cultural arts and festival entertainment.
4Ward Miami was founded in 2015 to promote LGBTQ+ diversity, economic status and civil rights through the creation of the Gay8 Festival and other programs. 4Ward Miami was created under the leadership of Damian Pardo, who is a distinguished gay Miamian, long time activist and financial advisor at Morgan Stanley; and Joe Cardona, who is an op-ed opinion writer for the Miami Herald, and an award winning filmmaker with seventeen documentaries and two feature films. The duo have collaborated with dedicated and talented partners who serve on the 4Ward Miami Board of Directors, Programing Committees, Special Events positions, and volunteer positions; all to help 'forward' progress in Miami and beyond.