27 Ways to Say Welcome

TJDC Staff
TAV has recently placed a huge twelve foot by four foot vinyl decal on a curved wall in its main entrance to the building. The decal was commissioned by the College in conjunction with its « Journalism and Design Club, » (The TJDC) to demonstrate its pride in the multiculturalism of its student body. The mural titled « 27 Ways to say Welcome » was designed by a former TAV College Arts, Literature and Communication student (Justin Hand-Gregory), who now coordinates the institution’s newsletter, as well as assists in producing other various media for the college.
The general concept for the mural was the brain child of two members of the TJDC. Eden Autmezguine and Bishal Pandey proposed the idea to me during one of our morning newsletter meetings and I thought it would be a fantastic addition to the College, said Hand-Gregory.

Photo: Justin Hand-Gregory

The mural itself features precisely what is in the title of this article: Twenty seven various languages. However, at first glance you would not suspect just how tricky the project turned out to be. Justin stated, « The project turned out to be quite difficult as I not only wanted to ensure I incorporated as many languages as possible, but also, that these languages were displayed with correct spelling. Therefore, what we did was put a poster in the main entrance of the college and asked the student body to write « Welcome » in their language. Luckily, we received an entire poster full of responses and as a result we were able to use this data to ensure the wording we displayed was spelled correct and not insulting. The responses we received from students on this poster was also exciting to see as it showed the relevance for the project, as well as the students’ pride in their ethnic heritage and their desire to proudly demonstrate this. » The mural is the first initiative that Justin and the TJDC have completed as a series of projects to enhance the aesthetics of the up-and-coming Montreal college, as well as assisting in dictating a sense of originality and distinction for TAV. The club has a few more ideas that are currently in the « design phase » for more murals and creative projects. The following is a list of languages that are displayed in the mural:
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Hebrew
  • Gaelic (Irish)
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Vietnamese
  • Afrikaans
  • Arabic
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Korean
  • Malay
  • Persian
  • Portugese
  • Yoruba
  • Nepali
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Tamil
  • Swahili
  • Telugu
  • Ukrainian
  • Uzbek