About The GAA
The Graphic Arts Association is the only regional trade association for the printing industry serving Pennsylvania, Central and Southern New Jersey and Delaware. The mission of the Graphic Arts Association is to provide business relationships, expertise and education that ensure the strength and profitability of member companies in the graphics, print and digital communications industries in DE, PA and NJ.
GAA is the regional affiliate of Printing Industries of America. Companies that are members of GAA are automatically members of Printing Industries of America.
GAA Mission Statement
The mission of the Graphic Arts Association is to be the leading resource for the printing and graphic communications industry in advocacy, education, and information to enhance the strength and profitability of its members.
GAA Vision Statement
The Graphic Arts Association envisions a future where all industry manufacturers and suppliers spontaneously and proactively work together to bring the best value to the print consumer, where the ideals of continuous improvement are the fundamental philosophy of partnership, and where companies participate fully in their trade associations and in advocacy for the industry. We envision a future where government and the public recognize the economic necessity of a strong graphic arts industry, where careers in the graphic arts are highly valued, and where the industry’s continued growth and profitability are assured.
The Graphic Arts Association was founded in 1888 as a business association for publishing and printing firms and related businesses. Since then, it has evolved from what was a local business group to a regional trade association serving Pennsylvania, Central and Southern New Jersey and Delaware.
Our original name, Typothetae of Philadelphia, was changed to Printing Industries of Philadelphia in 1946. In 1967, the named changed again to the Graphic Arts Association of Delaware Valley and then to Graphic Arts Association in 1982 as the association expanded its area.
As a member of GAA, you also become part of Printing Industries of America. Printing Industries of America is the world’s largest graphic arts trade association offering technical conferences and workshops, training and research programs.