Peter Flister brings passion and dedication to his work on our Arlington, Massachusetts campus

The Massachusetts Art Education Association named Peter G. Flister, teacher of visual arts at Youth Villages-Germaine Lawrence Campus in Arlington, as recipient of the Special Needs Art Educator of the Year Award for 2017.

“Your passion and dedication to the arts and creative learning make a powerful impact on our community. Thank you for the great work you do in the field and to your contribution to teaching and learning in Massachusetts,” Liz Reiser, MAEA awards chair, said in a statement.

Flister, who lives in Gloucester, will receive the award at the Annual MAEA Conference during November.

Flister has taught art in both traditional classrooms and studios as well as alternative schools, such as Youth Village-Germaine Lawrence Campus where students come from culturally diverse backgrounds and face mental health and behavioral trauma-based challenges.

He began at Youth Village-Germaine Lawrence Campus in 2014. In addition to teaching art, he has been a leader among the faculty including guiding the staff through the creation of student assessment tool called “Finding Your Voice.”

In 2015, his coworkers nominated him and he received the Youth Villages Massachusetts Commitment to Excellence Award based on his work in support of program initiatives.

Prior to joining the faculty of the Germaine Lawrence School, Flister served as the visual arts teacher for the Northshore Education Consortium, Academy Lower School and Assessment Program of Peabody, Mass. He also co-founded and acted as director of the ArcWorks initiative of the Northeast Arc of Danvers, Mass., and served on the founding committee and the advisory board of the Peabody Cultural Collaborative.

He mentors art education majors at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.

Flister received a master’s of education in arts and learning in 2011 from Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., and a bachelor’s in educational arts in 1982 from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

He is a member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, the National Arts Education Association and the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society. He has displayed his artwork at numerous exhibits in the Boston area.

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Youth Villages New England provides services in Massachusetts from offices in Arlington, Lawrence, Plymouth, Springfield, Woburn and Worcester. It offers residential programs for girls on its Germaine Lawrence Campus in Arlington, Mass. The organization also helps families through its office in Manchester, N.H.

Youth Villages’ Evidentiary Family Restoration® approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible and providing unprecedented accountability to families and funders.