In November 2017, residents the Dutaud Seniors’ Residence participated in an intergenerational storytelling workshop in which they recorded their stories and experiences living in Montreal. This two-week workshop brought together eight participants, who contributed a range of stories about immigration, friendship, challenges of acceptance, and feelings of liberation. At the heart of the project was the process of learning the process of digital storytelling, where one tells a story through the use of images, video, and music.
Over the course of five sessions, all held at Dutaud Residence, ACT facilitators and participants worked together to learn how to use digital recording devices. Through the process, participants also learned the art of interviewing and most importantly, opened up to one other about what Montreal means to them. On December 13, Dutaud hosted a listening party vernissage to celebrate the workshop series and share the six digital pieces they produced.
This workshop is part of a broader project called Interaction, a digital literacy initiative conducted in collaboration with ACT partner Groupe Harmonie. Interaction workshops have been taking place in Montreal since 2013.