About My Community

Our Beginnings

Since its inception in 2010, My Community has made its mark in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors. Its work has spurred the growth and development of a common-man approach to history where everyday experiences of Singaporeans are chronicled and celebrated.

About the Organisation

Today, My Community’s core mission remains the same. The non-profit organisation works to capture and preserve community stories, reconnect people to places and social networks, and deepen heritage appreciation and expression across the country. It also advocates for greater community involvement in cultural management and urban governance processes.

Founded by army friends Kwek Li Yong and Jasper Tan in 2008, the organisation was formally registered as a society on 26th August 2010. The duo started their work in Queenstown by engaging the community, organising guided tours of the area and blogging about community affairs.

On 12th December 2015, My Community was registered as a charity under the Charities Act. A year later, on 13 December 2016, it was minted as an Institution of a Public Character. In 2019, it established an executive arm to manage its growing portfolio of community heritage programmes conducted in partnership with public, private and civil society organisations. Prior to that, My Community, in collaboration with residents and other community stakeholders, developed and rolled out the first community museum in Tanglin Halt.

My Community is supported by an army of 500 volunteers who work with a nimble team of staff to organise guided tours, exhibitions, festivals and other arts, heritage and placemaking programmes in Queenstown and beyond.