In 1990, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan people in exile, visited the Newark Museum‘s Tibetan collection, considered the most distinctive collection of Tibetan art in the Western Hemisphere. Eight permanent galleries feature over 5,000 objects. The centerpiece is a Buddhist Altar, which the Dalai Lama consecrated during his visit. State of the Arts producer Anisa Mehdi was there, also meeting South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu who came to visit with his fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner.