Wyoming steward, mental health advocate, and champion for the arts
Listen to Ann’s story.
Ann Simpson grew up on a small farm in Greybull, Wyoming and eventually journeyed to Washington D.C. with her husband, former United States Senator Alan Simpson. In 1953, she lived in Germany as part of Al’s Army career, which proved to be an eye-opening experience and led her to start the first American Field Service study abroad program in Cody, Wyoming. The inspiration to facilitate the program was to expose children to other cultures by making it possible for Cody students to travel abroad, while bringing students from around the world to Wyoming.
Ann was first exposed to politics when Al’s father, Milward Simpson, campaigned for Wyoming governor. She realized that by extending yourself to people, they respond. This realization has been a guiding force throughout her life and continued when Al was elected to the Wyoming State Legislature and later to the U.S. Senate.
A mental health advocate and champion for the arts, Ann was passionately involved in the Congressional Wives Mental Health Group founded by Nancy Domenici of New Mexico and the Lab School of Washington for Children with Dyslexia and spurred the creation of the University of Wyoming’s most successful art outreach effort: the Ann Simpson Artmobile. Named in her honor, the Artmobile has traveled the state for more than 30 years showcasing pieces from the University of Wyoming Art Museum’s collection, exposing Wyoming communities to the arts, and engaging students with hands-on activities.