People of CityLife

Jacki Breger (Founder & Director)

1 JBJacki Breger has been active in the worlds of education, summer camps and youth development since 1965.  She has directed day and resident camps, including the first incarnation of CityLife as a summer camp for the teenage children of people who lived and worked in Downtown.  Jacki is also a musician who works in preschools and public and private elementary schools to develop a music program that builds a sense of community.  She produced and hosted a radio program for kids (relating folk and classical music to themes in history and social studies) and is the author of SINGING TOGETHER: How to Teach Songs and Lead Singing, published in 2012.  Jacki combines her knowledge and love of children and teenagers with her knowledge and love of music and the arts in a unique way to develop a curriculum that engages and supports the students in the program.

Toby Tannenbaum (Co-Director)

tannenbaum2Toby was Assistant Director for Education and Public Programs at the J. Paul Getty Museum from 2008 through 2014. She oversaw education programs and materials for all audiences at both museum sites and served on the museum’s senior management team. Prior to her tenure at the Getty, she was the Director of Education at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and Associate Director of Education at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She has served as adjunct faculty in the School of Fine Arts and the School of Education at the University of Southern California, and has taught in the School of Critical Studies, California Institute of the Arts, and in the Art Department at California State University, Los Angeles. She holds a BFA and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 James Coffey (IT Director and Website Design)

After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a Master’s in Science Education from Indiana University, Jim taught elementary public school for 12 years. During that time he developed a love and respect for the unique musical needs of children. In 1994, he turned all his attention to working full-time in children’s entertainment and formed his own music and media production company Blue Vision Music.  Jim has worked as an award winning music producer for many family and children’s artists. He also works with artists and media companies developing websites, social networking, animation and video production.



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