Invitations & Commendations

March 7, 2011 |

Since the spring of 2004, Bapak Waleed and the ISF have recieved several personal invitations to teach, perform, and lead events both in the New Haven community and by several different departments of Yale University, including the Southeast Asia Studies Council, the Yale School of Drama, the Yale International Center, the Yale Peabody Museum and the Yale School of Medicine SMDEP.  In addition, Bapak has recieved the Key to the City of Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia, and a commendation from the Mayor of New Haven.  The ISF as a group has also been awarded an Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen.  Thumbnails of these invitation letters and commendations are below.

Mr. Waleed…a source of tremendous inspiration, creative replenishment and global understanding…

Andrew Wolf, Director, City of New Haven, Arts, Culture and Tourism

2015 Update: Bapak Waleed receives a commendation and proclamation from the Mayor of the City of New Haven, Tony N. Harp.

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2013 Update: Bapak Waleed receives a commendation and proclamation from the Mayor of the City of New Haven, John DeStefano, Jr.

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We are the local New Haven, CT branch of the International Silat Federation of America and Indonesia, dedicated to sharing the traditional arts, culture, music, theater, and natural wellness methods of the Minangkabau community of West Sumatra, Indonesia.