New Downtown Halifax Mural says “WELCOME!”

October 19/21
New Downtown Halifax Mural says “WELCOME!”

For immediate release


Credit: Granville Hall Student Residence Facebook

October 19, 2021 – Halifax, NS -- Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) is pleased to announce the completion of the new mural entitled “Warm Welcome,” by Kristen De Palma of KDP Letters, a Halifax-based hand lettering artist. The mural is located at 1669 Granville Street, on the south-facing wall of the Granville Hall Student Residence. De Palma was one of three recipients of the DHBC’s spring 2021 Gritty to Pretty placemaking mural grants.

“Granville was a very beige street, and this piece adds a huge pop of colour. I hope it will help make everyone feel welcome in our city,” De Palma said. “I’m so excited that the many international students that Granville Hall hosts each year will now be greeted with such a bright and warm welcome to Downtown Halifax.”

“Warm Welcome” is a large-scale mural that measures approximately 40 feet by 13 feet and features the word "welcome" in more than 20 different languages, including Arabic, Japanese, and Mi’kmaq. Consultations with cultural organizations confirmed the accuracy of the translations. De Palma also worked with local company Talking Wall Designs to install the mural.

“These are the biggest letters I’ve drawn to date,” said De Palma. “I couldn’t have executed this design without the expertise of Jake Sibert from Talking Wall Designs, and the trust from DHBC and Granville Hall.”

Granville Hall Student Residence provides temporary accommodations to students and visitors arriving in Halifax for the first time. The mural was created to help foster an inclusive space.

“Our business is rooted in welcoming people from around the world,” said Issmat Al-Akhali, owner and operator of Granville Hall. “When Kristen pitched a word art installation, a mural that extends peace and friendship to all was an excellent fit for the building. We’re thankful to DHBC for the grant that brought this idea to life.”

The Gritty to Pretty program includes three grant streams: Façade Lighting Grant, Open Grant, and Mural Grant. Gritty to Pretty is currently in its seventh year. The program was developed to award grants for placemaking projects located in Downtown Halifax. These projects contribute to DHBC’s placemaking efforts to help Downtown Halifax encourage civic pride, support local economies, improve public health, and welcome locals and visitors alike.

About Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC):
Downtown Halifax Business Commission represents over 1,600 businesses located in the central business district of Halifax, Nova Scotia. DHBC’s mission is to passionately pursue a more prosperous and vibrant Downtown Halifax, through good development, Downtown mobility, membership services, DHBC leadership, and Downtown placemaking. For more information, visit

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For more information, contact:

Gabrielle Malone
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Downtown Halifax Business Commission

Jonathan Goldson
Placemaking Manager
Downtown Halifax Business Commission
902- 423-5668