At Thrasher-Horne Center, we aspire to become the premiere gathering place; the intersection of arts and commerce; the hub of community, education, and culture in Northeast Florida.
At Thrasher-Horne Center, our mission is to:
- present the very best of the arts through professional music, theater, and dance.
- provide theaters, galleries, and meeting rooms for civic, cultural, and commercial events relevant to our community.
- serve diverse audiences of all ages comprised of residents and visitors of the Northeast Florida community.
- exceed our customers’ expectations by treating them with care, consideration, and compassion in a first-class, state of the art facility that is accessible, comfortable, and convenient.
- strive for excellence in all we do.
- be the cultural flagship of St. Johns River State College.
The Thrasher-Horne Center is located on the Orange Park campus of St. Johns River State College and presents the very best of professional music, theater, dance and meeting space. Our $22 million, 84,666 sq. ft. venue opened in the Fall of 2004. Former St. Johns River State College President Robert L. McLendon, Jr. named our building after John Thrasher and Jim Horne, both of whom served in the Florida legislature and were instrumental in obtaining funding for the Center. Together these individuals worked with the Clay County Chamber and Tourist Development Council to secure our permanent home on the Orange Park campus of St. Johns River State College, who owns and operates the Center.
Our main stage theater has up to 1728 seats and our conference center has up to 6,260 sq. ft. Since its inception, The Center has played host to hundreds of events, including nationally touring musicians and performers, Broadway musicals, a variety of other cultural offerings, numerous main stage rentals, business meetings, expos, and community receptions. In addition to the Main Stage Theater and Conference Center, the Thrasher-Horne Center boasts a 220 flexible-seat Studio Theater, two Visual Arts Galleries, a full Dance Studio, Scene Shop, and modern dressing rooms with full artist amenities.
For more than 60 years, our parent organization - St. Johns River State College – along with the Florida School of the Arts, have been providing educational, technical and cultural opportunities to the residents of Clay, Putnam and St. Johns counties. Clay County is one of Florida’s fastest growing counties, and the addition of the Thrasher-Horne Center provided the area with its first major flagship cultural arts and event venue facility. Thrasher-Horne Center’s large, modern theatrical and event spaces match in quality to those found in event centers throughout Florida. We offer both superior entertainment, educational value and top-quality event spaces as well as a significant direct economic benefit to Clay County. The Thrasher-Horne Center is unique to the Northeast Florida community because it places an emphasis both on large scale entertainment on the Main Stage as well as business meetings and community receptions held in the Conference Center.
Our Gallery History
Our Main Stage lobby houses two separate gallery spaces: The Lee Adams Florida Artists Gallery and the Jack Mitchell Gallery. Our galleries together make up the Mary Ward Huntley Wing, commemorated with a plaque that hangs between the two spaces.
During our inaugural season, area philanthropist Mary Ward Huntley helped create the two visual arts galleries adjacent to our Main Stage lobby. In addition to donating a large number of Lee Adams original works to our permanent collection, she chose to name one space the Lee Adams Florida Artists Gallery in honor of the local painter. This gallery showcases local Florida artists in a variety of artistic mediums.
The Jack Mitchell Gallery is located at the front of the Huntley Wing. Named after famed late New York photographer Jack Mitchell, it is dedicated to showcasing professional photography and has welcomed the best in both local and national artists. A large number of his notable celebrity portraits and photographs now reside in our permanent collection, thanks to a generous contribution by Mr. Mitchell.
Additionally, the Mary Ward Huntley Florida Artists Fund was established by Mrs. Huntley after the passing of her late husband Louis. This fund helps provide additional financial support for our annual visual arts exhibits, and can be supported publicly through our Donations page
Part Time Positions
The Thrasher-Horne Center Guest Services Representative has two major responsibilities: front of house management and ticket office operations. The Front of House Manager is responsible for the safety, satisfaction, and comfort of all guests while attending events at the Thrasher-Horne Center. This position works in tandem with other Guest Service Representatives to recruit, schedule and train all ushers plus advance front of house requirements for events. The ticket office function is to assist in providing top quality customer service to guests by assisting them with ticket purchases and providing them with accurate information. This position includes regular weekday hours with nights and weekends required for events.