InterACTion is a collaboration between ACT and Groupe Harmonie, a non-profit organization that has been providing support to elders with addictions to drugs, alcohol and gambling in Montreal since 1983.
InterACTion is an intergenerational project that brings Groupe Harmonie employees, ACT researchers, and students from Concordia University and Université de Montreal together with local volunteers to organize and provide free sessions with elders to exchange knowledge on digital technologies, including the internet, digital photography, and digital storytelling.
With the support of a New Horizons for Seniors grant, Groupe Harmonie has provided tablet computers and laptops and set up drop in sessions and/or workshops in the common rooms of low-income housing buildings in various neighbourhoods throughout Montreal. InterACTion aims to help elders learn computer and internet skills, creates opportunities for them to engage with others in the community and fosters a convivial environment for intergenerational knowledge sharing. Workshops often culminate in a small vernissage to celebrate the work that has been created over the course of several weeks or several months. Examples include: Fragment of Life/Fragments de vie, Dawn, Life, Moonlight, and Your City Out Loud.
Through this work, ACT investigates questions pertaining to access and learning in shared spaces.