The Graphic Arts Association is the only regional trade association for the printing industry serving
Pennsylvania, 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 Industreis 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, 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.