There's growing evidence that education in the arts fosters success in the sciences:

http://www.futurity.org/arts-kids-launch-stem-achievement/

In this study, creative writing, music and metalwork amongst others are identified as benefiting children's development.

“The skills you learn from taking things apart and putting them back together translate into how you look at a product and how it can be improved,” says Eileen Roraback of the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities.

“And there’s creative writing. In our study, a biologist working in the cancer field, who created a business, said her writing skills helped her to write business plans and win competitions.”