The Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) announced today that it will significantly increase teacher compensation at its annual conference, Convergence®, taking place July 6-12 in Reno, Nevada. After conducting an internal survey and comparing compensation packages at regional, national, and international fiber arts festivals the changes were made in order to keep the conference pay competitive.
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Executive Director Elizabeth Williamson detailed the changes in an email to members today. They include the following:
- Removing the non-compete clause for Convergence® Leaders.
- Increasing the Convergence® Leader teaching rate from $70/hour to $100/hour.
- Increasing travel reimbursement and making it more equitable. Previously the HGA required a Convergence® Leader to teach 19 hours to receive up to $350 in travel reimbursement. Beginning with our 2018 Convergence® in Reno, travel reimbursement will be awarded in increments of $50 for every 3 hours a Convergence® Leader teaches, not to exceed $700. So if you were to teach a 1-Day Workshop (6 hours) you would qualify for up to $100 in travel reimbursement.
- Increasing hotel compensation. Previously HGA required a Convergence® Leader to teach a minimum of 13 hours before they would cover a portion of their hotel expenses. Going forward a Convergence® Leader will need to teach a minimum of 6 hours for HGA to cover a portion of their hotel expenses.
Weaver Andrea Mielke Schroer of Mielke Fiber Arts in Mauston, Wisconsin, was pleased to hear about the changes. “This is progress,” she says.