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Toussaint Louverture Cultural Foundation Inc


The Toussaint Louverture Cultural Foundation Inc is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation created in 2012.

The Toussaint Louverture Cultural Foundation’s purposes are to promote Haitian culture, stimulate artistic creativity, and support Haitian cultural activities in Haiti and in the United States. 

It will also help restore Haiti’s cultural heritage, both its infrastructure and artworks.

It will carry out these purposes through conferences, art shows, international fundraising activities, and public forums that will engage artists, community members and concerned citizens.

Board of Directors

A. Paul Corbanese, President
Ludovic Dauphin, Vice President
Roger Etienne, Treasurer
Julien Jumelle, Public Relations 
Eddy Chapoteau, Asst-Secretary
Carlo Cantave, Advisor
Claudine Corbanese, Web content

Camille Gauthier, Honorary Chairman




Toussaint Louverture was one of the leaders of the Haitian revolution.

TL.jpgToussaint Louverture

In 1791, he led the slave rebellion in the French colony of Saint Domingue. In 1801 he promulgated an autonomist constitution for the colony, with himself as governor for life. In 1802 he was forced to resign by forces sent by Napoleon Bonaparte to restore French authority in the colony. He was deported to the Fort de Joux in France where he died in 1803. The Haitian Revolution continued under Jean-Jacques Dessalines who declared Haiti’s independence in 1804.


Musee d'Art Haitien Support Committee of New York


It has been over three years since Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake. Our country is painstakingly recovering and our cultural heritage is threatened.

The Musée d’Art Haitien was severely impacted and is presently closed to the public because of the damages incurred and the lack of means to repair it. The museum was built in 1972 in the historic center of the city of Port-au-Prince, on the southeast outskirts of the Heroes of Independence Square.

It remains one of the few institutions for the entire population of Port-au-Prince that preserves the Haitian paintings of the twentieth century.

Promises for funding, both national and international, have not materialized and a


group of compatriots has decided to unite their effort in the Musée d’Art Haitien Support Committee of New York under the umbrella of the Toussaint Louverture Cultural Foundation.

There is an urgent need to undertake the work for the protection of this unique collection in the world by ensuring the rehabilitation of the premises. The cost of repair has been estimated at $200,000.00.


  • Dr. Michel P. Lerebours, Chairman
  • Paul Corbanese, Coordinator & Treasurer
  • Etienne Telemaque, Public Relations
  • Julien Jumelle, Advisor & Public Relations
  • Eddy Chapoteau, Advisor
  • Joseph M. E. Placide, Advisor
  • Claudine Corbanese, Web content
L'EDUCATION DU REGARD: un groupe de réflexion qui vous invite à vous informer et à réfléchir sur des sujets importants pour Haïti. L'Education du Regard organize causeries et conférences. Contact: Etienne Télémaque (516) 338-1151

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