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Marca Bristo's Legacy Lives on


Portrait of Marca Unveiled

Time-lapse Video of Painting Process

Renowned Chicago mouth painter, and gun violence survivor, Antonio Davis, painted the portrait of Access Living’s founding President and CEO Marca Bristo. Watch a time-lapse video of his painting process:

The completed portrait now hangs in Access Living’s Lobby

Painting of a woman in a wheelchair
Portrait of Marca Bristo, which was unveiled at the legacy donor event.

Image ID: Painting of a middle-aged Marca Bristo, a white woman with glasses and long, dark hair. She’s sitting at a microphone in her manual wheelchair, wearing a purple Access Living t-shirt, her fist in the air. She speaks to a stadium crowd, loosely depicted in the background, with a sign over her head on a scoreboard that reads “Victory.”

Welcoming Donors, Reflecting on Marca’s Legacy, and Looking Ahead

A group of dedicated Access Living supporters gathered October 20, 2021 to honor Marca Bristo and her vision for this organization — a vision that we all share — to create a world free from barriers and discrimination, where disability is a respected part of the human experience and people with disabilities are included and valued.

When it comes to disability rights and justice we simply can’t rest on our laurels — not now — not ever.  That was top of mind when our board selected Access Living’s next president and CEO, Karen Tamley.

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Donors Recognized

A rendering of the donor wall on the third floor at Access Living, which names the donors to the legacy campaign.

Image ID: Red wall with white writing listing donor names and explaining that the Legacy Chair funds the position of Access Living’s President and CEO in memory of our first President and CEO Marca Bristo.