Lori Najvar, Director

Lori is a native Texan and long-time Austinite who has an intimate knowledge of and deep love for Texas traditions. As the director of PolkaWorks, preservation of cultural traditions is her primary focus. Najvar has worked as a graphic designer, photographer and videographer for numerous nonprofits and education-based institutions. Gathering stories and participating in folklore is a life passion.


Austin Film Society, Czech Center Museum Houston, LoneStar Foodways, Polka Lovers Klub of America, Texas Czech Legacy Project, Texas Folklore Society, Texas Auctioneers Association, Texas Historical Society, Texas Folklife, Czech Heritage and Cultural Center, Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Texas Czech Genealogical Society, and The Texas Czech Heritage Society of Texas Chapters which include Bexar, Fayette, Lavaca, Travis-Williamson, and Victoria, The Museum of Coastal Bend, Humanities Texas, and St. Edward's University Photocommunications.

Our creative team consists of educators, film makers, folklorists, historians and archivists, professional writers, visual artists and a dedicated board of directors.